General Terms and Conditions of Use; General Terms and Conditions of Business

General information

The website under the URL and the relevant subpages (hereinafter referred to as "Website") is operated by Langenscheidt GmbH & Co. KG, Mies-van-der-Rohe-Straße 5, 80807 Munich, represented by the Managing Director Ivo Kay Kuhnt, (hereinafter referred to as "Langenscheidt").

The following terms and conditions of use shall apply to all services offered on the website. The website contains a link to the Langenscheidt online store, which is available at the URL and through which users can purchase goods. Only the General Terms and Conditions of Use and the General Terms and Conditions of Business shall apply to the purchase of goods, not the terms and conditions of use outlined below.

A. General Terms and Conditions of Use


1. User Group

1.1  The website and the services Langenscheidt provides free of charge via said website shall be available to all.

1.2  Where users can opt to register for specific services on the Website, they must complete a one-off registration process by entering the details requested on an input screen (e.g. name, address, e-mail address). The purpose of the user's e-mail address is, for example, to enable communication with Langenscheidt, in particular to inform users about test accounts or licences that are due to expire or for other system messages in connection with the user account. During the registration process, the user shall be obligated to fill out the registration screen - where marked as a mandatory field - completely and correctly. The data must be updated if any changes occur. The user shall be liable for any damages incurred due to the culpable provision of incomplete and incorrect information.

1.3  The agreement in relation to a free service that requires registration (e.g. user account) shall come into force upon the submission of the registration form by the user and, where applicable, the confirmation of registration by Langenscheidt or a notification about the activation of the user account, containing access details where applicable.

1.4  The access data to the user account shall be treated personally and confidentially, stored in a safe place and protected against loss or from third parties gaining knowledge of it. The user shall not be entitled to disclose the access data to other individuals for the purpose of using the Website. Each user shall be entirely responsible for any activities performed using its access data. Langenscheidt shall only be liable for any damages incurred due to unauthorised access in cases of intent and gross negligence. The user shall inform Langenscheidt immediately if it has any reason to believe that its access data is being misused. Langenscheidt shall reserve the right to block access to the Website in the event of misuse.

2.   Website contents

2.1  The contents of the Website are protected by copyright. Unless Langenscheidt has provided its written consent, each user shall be entitled to use the available contents for its personal, non-commercial purposes, in particular to print said content for its own use or to store said content in data files. Above and beyond this, users shall not be permitted to exploit the content in any form whatsoever, in particular to copy or distribute it, make it available to the general public, or publicly reproduce or edit it without the separate written consent of Langenscheidt. The user may not transfer and/or store any contents of the Website on any other networks (e.g. on school, university, company or public authority Intranets, or on file sharing networks) unless Langenscheidt has given its written consent to do so.

2.2  Langenscheidt shall endeavour to keep the contents of the website up-to-date and free of errors. However, a warranty or guarantee cannot be provided for said content being up to date and free of errors. Langenscheidt shall not be liable for loss or damage that may be suffered by a user where said user relies on the contents of the Website.

2.3  Langenscheidt shall reserve the right to change the contents and structure of the Website and the free services offered on it at any time. This shall include making specific offers and services subject to a charge or removing them completely. The user shall categorically not be entitled to any claims from the previous free use of said offers and service.

2.4  The website contains links to third-party websites (external links). Langenscheidt shall exert no influence on the content and design of said websites. The respective operator of the linked website shall be solely responsible for the content and accuracy of the information provided. At the time of linking the websites, Langenscheidt could not identify any violations of the law. Langenscheidt shall exert no influence whatsoever on the current and future content of linked websites. The provision of external links shall not mean that Langenscheidt shall appropriate the third-party content available via the links. It shall not be deemed reasonable for Langenscheidt to check and verify the external links unless there is specific evidence of possible violations of the law. If such links are found to be in violation of the law, the external links shall be deleted immediately.

3.  Rights and obligations of the user, copyright

3.1  The user shall be obligated to observe and comply with the applicable laws of the Federal Republic of Germany, in particular the copyrights and personality rights of third parties, when using the Website and not to use contents and services of the Website for illegal purposes. In particular, registering third parties to receive the newsletter without their knowledge and consent or setting up a user account for them without their knowledge and consent shall not be permitted.

3.2  The user may not make improper use of the Website. In particular, the user may not send any automated search requests or store automated results.

3.3  Any actions on the part of the user geared towards rendering the Website or services offered by Langenscheidt incapable of functioning, or impeding the use of such, are prohibited and shall be prosecuted under civil and criminal law. Such actions include, in particular, measures that could affect the physical and logical structure of one or more services or parts thereof.

3.4  Where the user makes use of any offers on the Website to interact with Langenscheidt or other users, in particular where it posts its own contents on the Website (e.g. in a forum or blog), the user shall, upon activating the upload function, grant Langenscheidt the permanent, irrevocable, non-exclusive and royalty-free right to publish the user's contents on the Website and to make said content available to random third parties for private use and to transmit said content to them via electronic communication networks (such as Internet and mobile phone networks) on any number of stationary and mobile terminals for on-demand access or as a push - also for downloading - and to reproduce said content for the purposes set forth above and to edit said content in terms of form and design (but not content).

3.5  The user shall only be entitled to post content which originates from him/her or for which the required rights have been obtained in accordance with Sub-section 3.4.  The user shall ensure that content he/she posts is free from third-party rights (especially copyright and trademark rights to text and image contributions as well as the rights to privacy of the depicted persons or persons presented in any other manner). He/she shall indemnify Langenscheidt from all third-party claims made against Langenscheidt or its agents as a result of the content (comments, discussion posts in any form such as text or images, etc.).

3.6  Langenscheidt shall expressly indicate that the posted content originates from the user stated and that it solely represents the personal opinion of the respective user. Langenscheidt shall exert no influence on the content posted in user contributions. Langenscheidt shall not perform any editorial reviews or revision of the content. Langenscheidt reserves the right to remove offensive content or content that violates prevailing laws, especially offensive and racist content, content that glorifies violence, or other forms of content.

3.7  Users shall not be able to delete contributions once these have been posted. However, they may contact Langenscheidt and request for the post to be deleted. The deletion of the post shall be at Langenscheidt's discretion. This shall also apply after termination of the registration.

4.  Trademark rights and copyrights

4.1  The use of logos and other Langenscheidt symbols is only permitted if prior written consent has been obtained from Langenscheidt.

4.2  Furthermore, the content of the Langenscheidt website, especially photos, shall be copyright protected. Langenscheidt shall have rights of use over the content it posts itself. Said content may not be reproduced or used in any other manner except for non-commercial purposes. Publication of such content shall require prior authorisation from Langenscheidt. No content may be copied, sold or leased, or reproduced or distributed in another manner without express written approval of Langenscheidt.

4.3  The unauthorised reproduction or dissemination of single items of content or complete pages outside of these provisions or of exceptional cases by law (e.g. in copyright law) shall not be allowed and shall be punishable by law.

5. Availability of the Website, liability

5.1  Langenscheidt shall not accept any warranty or liability for the permanent availability of the Website or individual services, but shall endeavour to keep the Website and the services available for the user without the user being entitled to any specific availability. Langenscheidt shall reserve the right, in particular, to restrict the hours of availability or suspend services for a certain period of time for technical reasons (e.g. due to maintenance or repair work).

5.2  Langenscheidt would like to point out that it is unable to develop computer programmes or applications/services in such a way that they run smoothly for all requirements. Langenscheidt can provide no warranty that the Website or applications/services, and any computer programmes or applications/services used for such, will meet the specific requirements of the user and that these will run smoothly on all computers and Internet browsers.
5.3  Langenscheidt shall not be liable for any data loss or damage caused by the use of the Website or by a breakdown of the Website.

5.4  Liability on the part of Langenscheidt shall be excluded unless Langenscheidt is guilty of intent or gross negligence. In all other cases, Langenscheidt shall be liable to the extent that essential obligations of the contract (material obligations) have been negligently breached. Material obligations are obligations that the contract must guarantee the user in terms of content and purpose or the fulfilment of which make the due execution of the contract possible and upon the observance of which the user may regularly rely. Liability on the part of Langenscheidt shall in this case be limited to the foreseeable damage that is typical for this type of contract.

5.5  Strict liability on the part of Langenscheidt, for example liability under the Product Liability Act or statutory liability under a guarantee, shall remain unaffected by the above-mentioned limitations of liability. This shall also apply for liability on the part of Langenscheidt for culpable injury to life, body or health.

5.6  Insofar as liability on the part of Langenscheidt is excluded or limited, this shall also apply for personal liability on the part of its legal representatives and vicarious agents. The limitations of liability shall also apply for all types of claims including claims based on tort law.

6. Cancellation of the free services (e.g. user account or “my account”)

6.1  Please note: pursuant to Section 312.1 of the German Civil Code, there shall be no right of revocation for services provided free of charge. The user may cancel the use of free services (e.g. user account or “My account”) at any time without notice by sending an e-mail, letter or fax to

Langenscheidt GmbH & Co. KG
Mies-van-der-Rohe-Straße 5
80807 Munich, Germany
Fax-Nr. +49 (0)89 36096 – 258

The user shall not be required to return any benefits gained or compensate for loss of value with regard to any benefits gained.

6.2  Langenscheidt shall be entitled to cancel the user's registration with immediate effect if the user attracts attention by repeatedly making entries that are in breach of these Terms and Conditions of Use, or breaches these Terms and Conditions of Use in any other way and fails to remedy said breach even after receiving a reminder setting a specific deadline, and/or repeats the offence.

7.    Dataprotection
You can view our information on data protection here.

8. Online dispute resolution

The European Commission has provided a platform for out-of-court online dispute resolution. The platform can be accessed via

9.    Applicable law, place of jurisdiction, other provisions

9.1  These Terms and Conditions of Use shall be subject to the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany to the exclusion of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). If the user/requestor is a merchant or a legal entity under public law, the place of jurisdiction responsible for all disputes arising from the contractual relationship shall be the court responsible for the company headquarters of Langenscheidt in 80807 Munich, Germany.

9.2  Should a provision of these Terms and Conditions of Use be or become ineffective, this shall not prejudice the effectiveness of the remaining provisions.

9.3  These Terms and Conditions of Use and other details of the contractual relationship shall be stored by Langenscheidt after conclusion of the contract. The Terms and Conditions of Use are available in both English and German. These can be viewed in their currently valid versions on the Website.