Loriot v. Wikipedia – Transatlantic Service and Injunctive Relief

by Phillip von Ostau

For Germans, this case pitches two iconic names against each other: Loriot was one of Germany’s most loved comedians, actors, film makers and cartoonists. He passed away in August 2011. Shortly thereafter, his daughter sued Wikimedia Foundation in the Berlin courts for allegedly violating Loriot’s copyright. Wikipedia’s German entry for Loriot depicted, inter alia, postal stamps with Loriot cartoons. For the purposes of this blog, the judgment of the Berlin District Court (Landgericht) is interesting not so much for the copyright issues – on these, Loriot’s daughter prevailed on one, and lost on the other – but rather for its holding relating to service of a German injunction in the United States. Continue reading