Court Injunction against N-Forum.
11 Feb, 2011
Hi everyone - bad news:
A court injunction has been granted against me and the N-Forum. It is based on the previously mentioned - and already removed - forum post from the 01/05/2009, which mentioned a newspaper article posted by the "news" account of the forum.
The value of the claim has been set at 40.000 Euro and the injunction forbids a range of statements, next to the forum post in question itself. Amongst other things, the injunction stipulates:
and all this
No, the amount isn't a typo and you didn't read it wrong either.
As I haven't got that amount of money lying around and my holidays are also already otherwise planned, I am forced - with a very heavy heart
to close the forum.
Our Nürburgring Forum would have been 10 years old on the 15 March and we have written over 60.000 entries to date.
To be precise: there are 60.738 entries - all of which I would now have to check to make sure that none of them create the impression that "xxx xxx" - and of course, this would apply to future forum posts, too.
This is completely impossible to do and if the injunction is kept up, it may well have far reaching consequences for any forum within Germany. This goes far beyond my definition of "spare time" and "private fan project". And all of this only because of an old newspaper article that's been buried in the archives for the last 1.5 years.
The case is not about copyright - that would be a whole different ballgame. It's about the content of statements which I am not allowed to distribute - despite me never having written these statements in the first place.
A quick rundown of events up to now:
I am planning to keep you informed as best as I can - and as best as I'm allowed to within the legalities of this. If I'm forced to close the forum then at least I want the process to be documented properly.
Many thanks for your support!
Donations Account: 7,626.00 Euro (Balance 17 February.2011)
Bank Name: Postbank Köln
(Unfortunately, I can't send you a tax deductible receipt as this is technically a gift.)
I've tried to explain the circumstances in a matter-of-fact way here, but it may well be that I'll be a little more emotional about it in my blog ;) I won't go down without a fight, and I hope I'm right in saying neither will you!