In its decision of 12 May 1998, the State Court in Hamburg states that a website which includes links to other sites is responsible for and can be held liable for their content. According to the State Court, this can only be prevented if those responsible expressly distance themselves from such content. The Office of Economic Development of the State Capital Düsseldorf has provided links on its website to other sites on the Internet. The following shall apply to these links: we explicitly declare that the Office of Economic Development of the State Capital has no influence on the nature and content of the linked sites. Therefore, we hereby distance ourselves explicitly from the content of all linked sites on our website and bear no responsibility for it. This declaration shall apply to all links displayed on our website and for the content of the sites to which the banners and links registered with us lead.