It goes without saying that the menu includes free internet access as well as cakes and pastries. Until recently, if you wanted to go online, you had to stay in the st. Oberholz only has to type in a well-known password. It is no longer that simple.
"Now you have to undergo an annoying registration procedure," argues ansgar oberholz. Until now, the cafe owner had set up a router himself, through which his guests could surf the net without restriction, but now he has handed over the task to a provider. Because in the past few months, several warning letters from law firms have fluttered in because guests in his house have violated copyrights.
Like many other cafe and restaurant owners and hoteliers, oberholz is afraid of high fines and penalties. He doesn’t know who is illegally downloading music in a cafe, sharing protected films or unlawfully passing on games. "As an innkeeper, he is not allowed to check what his guests are doing via his WLAN because of the secrecy of telecommunications," says thomas stadler, a specialist in IT law, who has cases like oberholz’s on his table all the time. He speaks of a real "warning industry".