On the 17th of June the district court of Berlin passed judgment regarding a lawsuit that was filed by Telebid/Sofina against a blogger in 2007. The claim had been the last in a series of attempts to invoke censorship over a satirical article the blogger had posted in 2005 and which had received over 400 comments over the year to follow. Several written warnings had failed to silence the author who had been so considerate as to remove most of the objectionable content to begin with. But as Sofina showed no signs of agreeing to a compromise he refused further cooperation. In return Sofina pressed legal charges against the remaining title of the old blog entry plus the picture that used to illustrate the original text.
Having had over a year to consider the case, the court has now ruled in favour of tobe, the accused blogger. As tobe was defending himself by refering to his right of freedom of expression, the verdict can be considered a significant success for the German blog culture which in recent times has suffered a great deal from well-heeled companies succeeding in silencing bloggers through extensive legal actions.