Create a School Website - Part 8: Legal Aspects

The following notes don't represent any legal advice, but shall give merely practical notes. For the creation of certainty of law the advice by a lawyer is necessary.
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The following notes don't represent any legal advice, but shall give merely practical notes. For the creation of certainty of law the advice by a lawyer is necessary.

Some particularly important aspects are introduced here:


1. legal notice of the website

School websites also must have legally faultless legal notice of the website. Unfortunately, since this isn't that simple at all, an expensive warning letter of "resourceful" jurists threatens many schools. To publish a legally faultless legal notice of the school website, please contact your ministry of education. In addition, it helps to publish the publication data in a graphic. Even if a fault should be existing, it cannot be found easily by people who want to send you an expensive warning letter.

 

2. Photos of the pupils:

Strictly speaking, the parents of all pupils mapped to photos must be asked permission in writing before every publication. However, in the practice it is often handled so that before the publication the photos should be with common sense sorted out. If there still should be a problem this one then should be deleted immediately.
Some schools make their parents sign a flat-rate permission at the registration to the school to be allowed to publish photos of their children on the school home page.

 

3. Teacher Photos

Teacher photos are a dispute again and again. Many teachers are afraid that their photos are used from the school website for disfigurement. As experience shows, teacher photos cause less annoyance, if either portrait photos are only published by the colleagues who have agreed or else if only a common staff photo is published. In this the colleagues are then represented too small to be disfigured.

 

4. Copyright

Pupils like to look for pictures, photos and information on the Internet. These may be published also on the school website only with permission of the originator.


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