The German Criminal Code is a federal law containing a wide variety of penal provisions applicable in Germany. Included here are elements that impose limits on, or prohibit disseminating or making available certain types of content over the Internet. Many infringements of the law governing youth media protection are sanctioned as regulatory offences, either additionally or solely.
The StGB and the OWiG are available on the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection website.
Providers of telemedia must ensure in particular that their content offers do not breach the following provisions:
- Articles 86, 86a StGB: Dissemination of propaganda material of unconstitutional organisations and using symbols of unconstitutional organisations
- Article 111 StGB: Public incitement to commit criminal acts
- Article 129 StGB: Supporting or recruiting for a criminal organisation
- Article 129a StGB: Forming, being involved in, supporting or recruiting for a terrorist organisation
- Article 130 StGB: Incitement of the people
- Article 130a StGB: Instructions to commit criminal acts
- Article 131 StGB: Depictions of violence
- Article 184 StGB: Ordinary pornography
- Article 184a StGB: Violent pornography or animal pornography
- Article 184b StGB: Child pornography
- Article 184c StGB: Juvenile pornography
- Article 184d StGB: Distribution of pornographic performances by broadcasting, media services or telecommunications services
- Article 120 OWiG: Soliciting for prostitution