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German court decides that the split of online music copyrights is invalid
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • December 14 2009

The Regional Court of Munich has decided that the music industry’s common practice of splitting online rights conflicts with German copyright law


Regional Court of Hamburg decides that online TV service Zattoo is illegal without right holders’ consent collecting societies’ and broadcasters’ consent is irrelevant
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • December 14 2009

In a dispute between film studios Warner and Universal against the German offering zattoo.de of online TV service Zattoo, the Regional Court Hamburg decided on 8 April 2009 (ref. no. 308 O 66008) that zattoo.de must not retransmit TV content without the consent of the original right holders


German court decides split of music online copyrights is invalid
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • October 27 2009

The Regional Court of Munich has decided that the music industry's common practice of splitting online rights into the mechanical reproduction right and the right to make publicly available and to subsequently claim licence fees for both rights separately conflicts with German copyright law


Federal Court of Justice: GEMA not competent to grant licenses for use of music in advertising
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Germany
  • January 27 2010

The German Federal Court of Justice decided in a decision of June 10, 2009 (file no. I ZR 22606, published with full opinion only November 30, 2009), that the German collecting society for musical rights, GEMA, is currently not competent to license rights of its members regarding the use of musical works in advertising


German Federal Court of Justice finds that without right holders’ consent online private video recording services are only legal in very specific circumstances
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • December 14 2009

The German Federal Court of Justice ("Bundesgerichtshof" "FCJ") recently ruled on the legitimacy of online video recording services


Munich office IPIT & media newsletter - August 2014
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • European Union, Germany
  • August 6 2014

Under the auspices of the Bavarian state data protection authority, the so-called Düsseldorfer Kreis (an association of all German data privacy


Federal Court of Justice decision regarding ring tones
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Germany
  • April 20 2009

The German Federal Court of Justice has decided a highly anticipated decision regarding the use of ring tones


German publishers should get enhanced property rights
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • October 1 2009

More and more people are obtaining news from sources other than newspapers


Hamburg court rules on copyright liability of RapidShare
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • October 27 2009

In its judgment of 12 June 2009 the Regional Court of Hamburg granted an injunction (cease and desist order) in preliminary proceedings in favour of the German music collecting society GEMA against the Swiss filehoster RapidShare AG


Hamburg court rules on copyright liability of RapidShare
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • December 14 2009

In its judgment of 12 June 2009, the Regional Court of Hamburg granted an injunction (cease and desist order) in preliminary proceedings in favour of the German music collecting society GEMA against the Swiss filehoster RapidShare AG