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Loophole Allows German Retailers to Continue Selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Despite Injunction

Steven Blum
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(Germany's Media Markt)

How's this for sneaky: due to a loophole, it seems German retailers can still sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 so long as they order the tablets from Korea, not Samsung's German branch. Didn't see that coming, did ya?

Media Markt, one of Germany's largest electronics stores, says that it could also route Tabs through the Netherlands to avoid violating the ban, which makes Apple's "victory" in Germany seem rather meaningless. Additionally, while Samsung can no longer advertose their device in Germany, this ban does not cover German retailers.

So, not only are retailers able to sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but it looks like they'll now be able to re-stock them as well. This makes the ban important only in the symbolic sense. So long as Samsung isn't selling Tabs out of the window of their German branch, it looks like everything else is Kosher.

Related to Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Europe:

Court Confirms Initial Verdict: Galaxy Tab 10.1 Will Remain Banned in Germany

BREAKING. European Ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Lifted by German Court

Insanity: Apple Successfully Blocks Sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 Across the Whole of Europe

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  • Adrienne Chan Sep 12, 2011 Link

    Wait so whats the point of the court case at all if they can just get around it like this? Isnt it just a waste of time and money for everyone then?

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  • Steven Blum Sep 12, 2011 Link

    @ Adrienne: Yes. Absolutely.

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  • Aaron Android Sep 12, 2011 Link

    Its just how lawyers justify their existance. But there are laws about aggressivly protecting your copyrites or else you risk loosing them. But still its really gotten over the top in the last year.

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  • Niels Christiansen Sep 12, 2011 Link

    X-D Pwned crApple. Admit it.

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  • Marvin Cleaver Sep 12, 2011 Link

    So thats like the German best buy am I right?

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