German software licensing law

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Mon Sep 26 13:08:25 UTC 2005

On Wed, Sep 21, 2005 at 09:00:11PM +0100, MJ Ray wrote:
> Can a software licence in the English language only be valid
> if it specifies that it is governed by German law?

As far as I know for Germany: No.
A license will also be valid when it is in another language.
You might need to get a translation when you want to use it in court,
but this depends.

> There was a draft of something called the d-fsl published,
> which was in both English and German and was said to be seeking
> to satisfy all requirements of German law. Was being in German
> too part of that?

Not that I know.

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