Two German Killers Demanding Anonymity Sue Wikipedia’s Parent

Wolfgang Werlé and Manfred Lauber became infamous for killing a German actor in 1990. Now they are suing to force Wikipedia to forget them.The legal fight pits German privacy law against the American First Amendment. German courts allow the suppression of a criminal’s name in news accounts once he has paid his debt to society, noted Alexander H. Stopp, the lawyer for the two men, who are now out of prison. see:Wikipedia sued by German killers in privacy claim
Two German men who killed an actor in 1990 are suing the charity behind the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, claiming that its inclusion of detail of their crimes infringes their right to privacy.The case has become an instant online cause celebre – with one lawyer saying that the integrity of history itself is at stake – because it ranges the US’s First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech, against German privacy and criminal laws, which dictate that after a certain period a crime is “spent” and cannot be referred to. The UK has similar rules on the reporting of lesser crimes. Murderer Sues Wikipedia, Demands Removal of His Name
Wikipedia is under a censorship attack by a convicted murderer who is invoking Germany’s privacy laws in a bid to remove references to his killing of a Bavarian actor in 1990.Lawyers for Wolfgang Werle, of Erding, Germany, sent a cease-and-desist letter demanding removal of Werle’s name from the Wikipedia entry on actor Walter Sedlmayr. The lawyers cite German court rulings that “have held that our client’s name and likeness cannot be used anymore in publication regarding Mr. Sedlmayr’s death.”

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