BERLIN A German court ruled on Thursday that people have the right to claim compensation from service providers if their Internet access is disrupted, because the Internet is an "essential" part of life.
The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe made the ruling after hearing the case of a man who was unable to use his DSL connection, which also offered a telephone and fax line, for two months from late 2008 to early 2009.
He had already received compensation for the cost of having to use a mobile phone, but wanted to be compensated for not being able to use the Internet. Under German law the loss of use of essential material items can be compensated.
"The Internet plays a very important role today and affects the private life of an individual in very decisive ways. Therefore loss of use of the Internet is comparable to the loss of use of a car," a court spokeswoman told Germany's ARD television.
(Reporting by Alexandra Hudson)
Trending On Reuters
From Vienna cafes to the European Union's highest court, an Austrian law student's two-year battle against Facebook and mass U.S. surveillance culminated in a landmark ruling that has rippled across the business world. Full Article
- Nokia's bosses to dominate leadership team after Alcatel deal
- Samsung Elec sees Q3 profit boost despite smartphone woes
- Pentagon says remains vigilant on security of electronics supply chain
- Journalist who allegedly helped hackers makes final pitch to jury
- Facebook updates News Feed to accommodate weak connections