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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

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

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

ECJ confirms a broad interpretation of "extraction" from a protected database
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • European Union, Germany
  • October 10 2008

The ECJ's decision in Directmedia Publishing GmbH v Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Case C-30407, 9 October 2008) confirms that, for the purposes of infringement, "extraction" of data from a protected database should be interpreted broadly and can include transfers made after individual assessment of the data by the user

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

James Bond fails to keep Dr No captive
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
  • Germany, European Union
  • July 3 2009

There was good news for international super villains across the world recently as one of their number, Dr No, saw the rights to his name released from the clutches of James Bond and awarded to a German media group

Mininova forced to remove torrents linking to copyright material
  • Bird & Bird
  • Germany
  • December 14 2009

The internet offers lots of opportunities for the development and exploitation of information products on secondary markets

Peer to peer (P2P) legislation
  • Abril Abogados
  • Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, USA
  • December 13 2012

Since 2006, when the first European Regulation against illegal downloading was enacted by Finland, most of EU Member States have followed the example

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

IP and technology review 22 September 2014
  • Roschier
  • European Union, Finland, Germany, Sweden
  • September 22 2014

In its Oberbank decision (Joined Cases C-21713 and C-21813) of 19 June 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) clarified the