Impressum - Wikipedia
Impressum
This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove these template messages)
This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
Find sources: "Impressum" – news ·newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR(November 2016) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Some of this article's listed sources may not be reliable. Please help this article by looking for better, more reliable sources. Unreliable citations may be challenged or deleted.(November 2016) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in German. (May 2013) Click [show] for important translation instructions.
The German-language Wikipedia has its own Impressum. There is no equivalent for the English-language Wikipedia, though the German Impressum cross-links to the General disclaimer.
(Learn how and when to remove this template message)
An Impressum (from Latin impressum, "the impressed, engraved, pressed in, impression") is the term given to a legally mandated statement of the ownership and authorship of a document, which must be included in books, newspapers, magazines,[1] websites,[2] and business correspondence[3] published or otherwise made available to consumers in Germany and certain other German-speaking countries, such as Austria and Switzerland. The Telemediengesetz (German meaning "Telemedia Act") mandates the use of an Impressum. Historically, the German impressum requirement has its roots in the censorship laws of 19th century and earlier monarchies, and has been criticized as illiberal and contrary to the principle of free speech;[4] in most other countries there is no comparable requirement.
Equivalency
In printed media, an impressum is identical to the printer's imprint as defined under UK law. Under the Printer's Imprint Act 1961,[5] which amended the earlier Newspapers, Printers, and Reading Rooms Repeal Act 1869, any printer must put their name and address on the first or last leaf of every paper or book they print or face a penalty of up to £50 per copy.
The UK Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 extends the use of imprints in the case any election material to include all forms of communication, including websites and social media accounts. All election material is also required to show the name of the promoter of the material and the name and address of the person on whose behalf it is being published.[6]
There is no equivalent legislation in the United States. The closest English-language terms for Impressum are:
None of these terms is an exact equivalent in all contexts. The terms "masthead" and "colophon" apply to printed publications only and are not commonly used on English-language websites, while "site notice" is website-specific and "legal notice" or "legal disclosure" are rarely found in printed works. An "imprint" in publishing may also mean a brand name under which a work is published,[8] and so may not be understood to mean an Impressum.
On webpages
The Telemediengesetz (German meaning "Telemedia Act") requires that German websites disclose information about the publisher, including their name and address, telephone number or e-mail address, trade registry number, VAT number, and other information depending on the type of company.[9] German websites are defined as being published by individuals or organisations that are based in Germany, so an Impressum is required regardless of whether a site is in the .de domain.
Facebook offers a way for users to add an Impressum for user-created public pages.[10][11]
Complications
This law has created privacy concerns for individuals who maintain blogs or personal homepages.[citation needed] The law has also caused lawyers to scrutinise websites for this information and send Abmahnung (cease and desist) letters to their maintainers in the event it is missing.[12]
References
  1. ^ de:Presserecht, Retrieved 28 April 2015[better source needed]
  2. ^ "Telemediengesetz". gesetze-im-internet.de. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Geschäftsbriefe". IHK Frankfurt am Main (in German). Retrieved 2020-02-22.
  4. ^ Frank Bösch, Mediengeschichte: Vom asiatischen Buchdruck zum Fernsehen, Campus Verlag, 2011, ISBN 9783593393797
  5. ^ "Printer's Imprint Act 1961". legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Printers Imprint" (Microsoft Word). British Printing Industries Federation. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  7. ^ Duden: "(Buchw.): Vermerk über Verleger, Drucker, auch Redaktionen u.a. in Büchern, Zeitungen u. Zeitschriften"
  8. ^ "English definition of "imprint"". Cambridge Dictionaries Online. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Telemediengesetz (TMG) § 5 Allgemeine Informationspflichten". gesetze-im-internet.de. Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  10. ^ "How do I add an Impressum to my Page?". Facebook. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  11. ^ "What is Impressum on Facebook Page with Example". geekgyaan.com. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  12. ^ MMarks. "U.S. comment on 'Impressum'/German lawyers' cease and desist hunt". Transblawg. Archived from the original on 30 October 2020. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
Last edited on 20 March 2021, at 01:12
Content is available under CC BY-SA 3.0 unless otherwise noted.
Privacy policy
Terms of Use
Desktop
HomeRandomNearbyLog inSettingsDonateAbout WikipediaDisclaimers
LanguageWatchEdit