Germany: air ticket sale through internet portals lawful

In a recent decision of March 5, 2009 (6 U 221/08) German appelate court Oberlandesgericht Frankfurt am Main held that it is lawful to run an internet portal which uses a webcrawler to search the online offers of an airline, displays destinations, flight details and prices and provides for online booking.Such “Screen Scraping” would neither infringe a right of the airline to undisturbed posession of virtual premises nor database copyrights.Source: Press release of OLG Frankfurt/Main, avialable in German here>>.

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