Atze Schröder again

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 16:28 | Posted in absurd, censorship, Freedom of speech, Germany, Legal | 8 Comments

As I wrote a while ago, the German TV star Atze Schröder does not want it to be told in public that his real name is Hubertus Albers. I also noted that Stoibär received mail from his lawyers management for mentioning Atze Schröder’s real name in his blog. Now I hear that RA-Blog has received a cease and desist letter from the lawyer for posting the image below.

It is a screenshot from a public record which shows that the trade mark “Atze Schröder” has been registered and belongs to one Hubertus Albers in Emsdetten. The lawyer representing Hubertus Albers suggests that posting the screenshot of a public record would constitute a violation of his client’s personal rights. Thomas has deleted the post without admitting any wrongdoing.

This looks to me like utmost bizarre humor but I guess Hubertus Albers and his lawyer are actually serious about it. I am just being too polite to comment their mental status. Something like this could only happen in Germany. Or China.


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  1. Larko, it was no “cease and desist”-letter. They just asked me to cancel the post. The lawyer wrote, that they do not want to go into formal action at this point.

  2. Maybe this all is just comedy?

  3. Thank you for the advice, Thomas. I have corrected the error.

    Peter, it sure looks like a bad farce. If this is a marketing buzz, it has certainly gone a few steps too far as you earlier pointed out.

  4. Maybe the actor performing Atze Schröder is going to change the stage-character or wants to retire from this hard job. I can’t imagine what the hell is the reason for all of this.

    BTW: Stoibär was not contacted by Atze Schröder’s lawyers but by Atze’s management office.

  5. Thanks, Peter, I corrected that detail as well.

    It is hard to imagine what the point in a pointless crusade could be. Anybody with an ounce of common sense should know that trying to clean something out of the Internet is bound to multiply it. Unless we are being used as instruments in some sort of a stupid bush marketing campaign, I see no sense in this.

    Maybe the man is planning to write a book under his own name and wants to spread it throughout the web first.

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