impressum example

This is an impressum example. The English equivalent is the printer's imprint, but an imprint in th UK is compulsory only for books.

You might not have heard of impressums until you saw the option to enter one on a Facebook page that you manage. Other than in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Spain impressums are not required by law, but in those countries, a website not having one can be penalized.

This is kind of a catch-22 situation, since persons and businesses that have an impressum in place can be disserviced by the disclosure of personal information that impressums reveal. Like for instance, to receive a cease and desist order because your website has something that infringes copyright law.

Impressums/imprints are controversial since, in the countries that they are required by law, you must enter an address. This opens you to threats, not just of the doxing variety, but also threats of stalking, or worse.

The Most Important Fact about Impressums

The most important thing you need to know about impressums is this: if you are not in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain (or any other similar country run by control-freaks which forces you to have an impressum by law) you don't need one. Not at all. At east not for social media profiles, pages or for your websites.

That said, the impressum feature of Facebook pages may be an asset instead of a liability. Especially if your business or service doesn't operate in one of the countries mentioned in the previous paragraph.

It can be an asset since it is a place to post the most basic facts about your business, and only those facts. There may be potential customers and clients looking for that information and they may know that simply loading the impressum they will be able to have it. Also, you can direct anyone to the impressum to give them the information in it because they requested or because they need to know it.

English-speaking World Equivalents

It doesn't have one. The only thing like an impressum for websites in English is a legal page that can be called:

    Site Notice
    Legal Notice
    Legal information
    Legal Discolsure

A page on a website going by any of those names can be linked to the more commonly seen Terms of Use legal page.

About This Impressum Example

The impressum example below is the most standard type of impressum you can creat. You may get creative with it, if you are doing it just because you want to have one, and not because you are forced by law to do it.

Some sections common to impressums, that are missing on this example:

    List of Board Members
    List of Staff
    Detailed Copyright Notice
    Patents Information
    Statement of Ownership
    Licensing Information
    General Information
    Abridged ToS

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