1. Copyright

1.1 Notes on copyright

All information, articles and illustrations published on this Website as well as the layout itself are protected by copyright. Any use not permitted under copyright laws requires prior written approval by Gerhard Steidl GmbH & Co. OHG.

This is especially true of multiplication, dissemination, distribution, processing, translation, storage, changes and reproduction of content in the form of databases or other electronic media and systems. Photocopies and downloads of Webpages may only be made without prior written permission for personal, private and non-commercial purposes.

All brand marks used on our Websites are subject to protection under brand laws even if the respective rights holder is not explicitly mentioned.

1.2 Reprints and publication

Reprints and publication are permissible, albeit only if no changes are made to the original, as long as the complete source (Gerhard Steidl GmbH & Co. OHG, Göttingen) is stated. Information marked with a © may only be used with prior permission.


2. Liability

2.1 External links

As a service provider as per section 2 no. 1 German Telemedia Act (TMG) Gerhard Steidl GmbH & Co. OHG is responsible for its “own content” and content made available for use in keeping with general legislation. Cross-references (“links”) to content made available by other service providers needs to be distinguished here from own content. As such, by means of links the publishing company makes “outside contents” available for use, whereby these are designated in the browser by the following remark: www.internetdomain.de.

Gerhard Steidl GmbH & Co. OHG shall only be liable for this outside content to the extent that it has a positive knowledge of it (i.e., also of their content that is illegal or punishable by law) and it is technically able to prevent its use and can be expected to do so.

“Links” always involve “living” (dynamic) references. Gerhard Steidl GmbH & Co. OHG assessed the external content upon first establishing the link as to whether it entails possible liability under civil or criminal law. However, Gerhard Steidl GmbH & Co. OHG is not obliged to monitor content to which it refers on its Website on an ongoing basis to establish whether there have been changes that could entail new liabilities.

Only once Gerhard Steidl GmbH & Co. OHG ascertains or is informed by a third party that a specific site to which Gerhard Steidl GmbH & Co. OHG has provided a link entails liability under civil or criminal law will it eliminate the link to the site to the extent that this is technically possible or manageable. Technical feasibility and manageability is not affected by whether, after elimination of the link from the Website, access is possible to the illegal or punishable site from other servers.

Gerhard Steidl GmbH & Co. OHG is by no means liable for damages that arise from using or not using information provided on Websites to which Gerhard Steidl GmbH & Co. OHG refers in the form of links.


3. Data protection statement

We take protection of your private sphere very seriously. We would therefore like to take the opportunity to inform you how we treat your data.

3.1 Collecting, processing and using data relating to your person

You can surf our pages without providing any information on your person. We only store access data that is not personal (e.g. the name of your Internet service provider, or the page from where you are surfing our site). This data is evaluated exclusively to improve our services and do not enable us to draw any conclusions about your person.

Data providing information on your person is only gathered if you voluntarily communicate it to us as part of ordering articles or opening a customer account or registering for our Newsletter. (When registering for our Newsletter your email address will, subject to your approval, be used for our own advertising purposes until you deregister from the Newsletter. You can deregister at any time.) We use the data communicated to us without your special approval solely to fill and transact your order.

After complete execution of the contract and complete payment of the purchase price your data will be blocked and any further use prevented; they will be deleted after expiry of the period dictated by fiscal and commercial law unless you have expressly permitted the further use of your data.

3.2 Use of cookies

We use cookies on various pages in order to render our Website more appealing to users. These are small text files that are deposited on your computer. Most of the cookies we use are then deleted from your hard drive after the end of your browser session (so-called session cookies). Other cookies remain on your computer and enable us to recognize your computer next time you visit our Website (so-called permanent cookies).

These cookies enable us to greet you with your user name and mean that should you make subsequent orders you no longer need to enter your password or your data anew. Our partner companies are of course not permitted to collect or use personal data obtained via our Website.

3.3 Disclosure of personal data

Personal data is disclosed to the forwarding company commissioned to handle the delivery to the extent that this is required to deliver the articles in question as well as to the bank transacting the payments (payment data).

3.4 Use of Google Analytics

This Website makes use of Google Analytics, a Web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies, namely text files that are stored on your computer and enable your use of the Website to be analyzed. The information on your use of the Website generated by the cookie (including your IP address) is forwarded to a Google server in the United States and stored there. Google analyzes this data to evaluate your use of the Website in order to compile reports on Website activities for the Website operators and to provide additional services related to use of the Website and Internet usage.

Google will likewise forward this data to third parties to the extent that this is required by law or the third parties are processing the data on Google’s behalf. Google will in no instances relate your IP address to other data. You can prevent the installation of cookies by adjusting your browser software settings accordingly; we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to fully exploit all the functions of this Website. By using this Website you declare that you agree to data collected on you being processed by Google in the aforementioned way and for the aforementioned purpose.

3.5 Social media plugins

By means of social media plugins our Internet site enables content to be shared or recommended on the following platforms.

  • Facebook – facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA
  • Google!+ – plus.google.com, operated by Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California, 94043, USA
  • Twitter – twitter.com, operated by Twitter Inc., Attn: Copyright Agent, 795 Folsom Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA

A solution is utilized for the share / recommend function that forwards data to the aforementioned services only after the user has actively agreed to this, e.g., by activating the dialog box for the social media platform by clicking on it. If the function is activated, by means of a second click the content on our Website can be recommended to participants on the relevant platforms. Please note that this is as a rule only possible if you are registered to use the respective platform.

By clicking again you can prevent any data being transmitted to the aforementioned platforms. The logos and boxes to tick will then be displayed in grayed-out mode.

If the function is activated on your computer, then the abovementioned platforms will receive information on which of our Webpages you have visited. The purpose and scope of the data collection and the further processing and use of the data by one of the aforementioned platforms as well as your rights in this regards and the settings you can adjust to protect your private sphere are stated in the data protection remarks posted by the respective service providers.

3.6 Right of access

According to the German Federal Data Protection Act, you have the right to information free of charge on the data about you that has been stored and potentially the right to have this data corrected, blocked or deleted.

3.7 Your contact for data protection

Should you have questions on the collection, processing or use of your personal data and as regards enquiries, amendments, blocking or deleting data as well as revoking approval for the use of personal data, please contact:

Mario Adam, Data Protection Officer
it@steidl.de


4. Commercial use

Gerhard Steidl GmbH & Co. OHG is strictly against any commercial use and transmission of its data (see section 28 German Federal Data Protection Act [BDSG]).