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Directive article Article 6
Article 7
l1 20.
Reference Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht (GRUR) 2010, pages 396-402
Country Germany Legal Literature date 2010
Author K. BLASEK Author initial
Title DE Kostenfallen im Internet - ein Dauerbrenner URL DE N/A
Title EN Cost traps in the internet - a hot topic URL EN N/A
Keywords black listinternetmisleading omissionsmisleading price

Head note


This article discusses the legal treatment of internet offers that willfully conceal their costs, taking into account the reform of the UWG (the German Unfair Competition Act) due to the implementation of the UCP Directive.

The author discusses the so called "button-solution" that German consumer agencies want to obtain from the legislator (i.e. consumers have to accept the costs of an online offer through opt-in).

The author also discusses the current legal possibilities to sanction such online offers. In particular, he discusses n°21 of the annex to sect. 3 III UWG, which sanctions internet offers that use words like "no charge", "free of costs", etc. whereas in reality at another part of the website a price is mentioned for the offer. 

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