Law for Information science

Short Name
Recht für Informatiker
Module Code
Module Coordinator
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Dworschak
Short Description
Basic principles of civil code (BGB), general part, obligation law, law of property, basics of commercial law, structure and function of the court system Internet law (domain law, contract law in the internet, copyright, basics of data protection law).
Learning Objectives

The students will have awareness of legal questions and will know possible legal implications of their future working environments. Specific attention will be paid to knowledge of the basics of the German Basic Law and legal aspects of Information Technology.


Introduction to the law:
Structure and structure of the fields of law, basics of law of obligations and substantive law, contract law, structure of jurisdiction in Germany

Internet and online law, copyright:
TMG, TKG, service provider, imprint obligation, synonyms/pseudonyms use, provider, contract and liability law, eCommerce
Right to a name, trademark law, copyright law, Denic, WIPO/UDRP
Exploitation rights under copyright law, right of lecture, performing rights, right of presentation, right of making available to the public, broadcasting right, European satellite broadcasting, cable retransmission, right of communication by image and sound carriers, software copyright, copyright contract law: contracts of use and guest performance contracts

Basic principles of data protection law:
Fundamentals and history, development of ICT technology and law, technology impact assessment, terminology of data protection, data protection and data security, tasks of the company data protection officer, control of company data protection by the supervisory authority, legal framework of video surveillance, data protection in labour law, competition and data protection regulations in direct marketing and customer service

Duration in Semester
Instruction Language
Total Effort
3.0 CrP; an estimated 90 hours, of which approximately 30 are spent in class.
Weekly School Hours
Method of Instruction

Lecture 2 SWS

Requirements for the awarding of Credit Points

Examination: Written exam

Evaluation Standard
according to examination regulations (§ 9)
  • Harald Danne / Tilo Keil: Wirtschaftsprivatrecht Grundlagen: Bürgerliches Recht – Handelsrecht, Cornelsen ISBN-13: 978-3-064-50712-8
  • Telemediarecht: TeleMediaR, Beck im dtv, ISBN 978-3-406-66499-1
  • Tinnefeld / Buchner / Petri: Einführung in das Datenschutzrecht, Oldenbourg ISBN 978-3-486-59656-4
To bring along: Wichtige Gesetze des Wirtschaftsprivatrechts, Verlag Neue Wirtschaftsbriefe Herne, ISBN 978-3-482-47680-8