Guest book operators must control the content
Anyone who offers a guest book on their homepage is, in the opinion of the regional court in Trier, obliged to check the content at least once a week and to delete illegal or offensive entries.
The judges came to the decision after a tax consultant filed a lawsuit against an operator of a guest book in which he was insulted in a defamatory manner. The judges are also of the opinion that those who do not check entries in the guest books are adopting the content as their own. The entry therefore becomes the operator's personal opinion, with which he may then commit an infringement.