When I was reading JuraBlogs (shows the newsfeeds of German legal weblogs), I clicked on ‘Slip Opinion: Todesstrafe’ at the German American Law Blog. Instead of the entry, the following appeared on my screen:
Kein Zugang aus impressumspflichtigen Staaten
Impressumspflicht verletzt US-Recht
Sollten Sie versehentlich über einen Dienst aus einem Staat mit Impressumspflicht hier gelandet sein, doch nicht aus einem Staat mit Impressumspflicht stammen, klicken Sie hier zum Besuch von German American Law Journal in Washington, DC, USA.
Impressumspflicht is hard to translate, isn’t it? Anyway, I live in Germany and I come from the UK, and both of those states are members of the EU. It’s widely believed that the Impressum is German law, but in fact it’s EU law (see my archives). So I am not allowed to access the German American Law Journal (German version) via its newsfeed. I am not sure why this is, though.
The first link took me to a Supreme Court decision, JOSEPH McINTYRE, executor of estate of MARGARET McINTYRE, deceased, PETITIONER v. OHIO ELECTIONS COMMISSION. Why do I have the feeling that this decision doesn’t apply to me because I’m not a US citizen?
I then – disobeying the rules – clicked through to the blog and found that slip opinion means vorläufige Begründung. Thanks!
The next thing I did was to see what happens if I click on a link to the English-language version of the German American Law Journal (there was an entry on Sunday). Well, what do you know – no nasty warning! But what about people from Ireland or the UK, or any other people from the EU who want to read that blog? It seems that only Germany and Austria are being banned here.
LATER NOTE: There is an explanation of the blocking at Die Blogelei.