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Host of German version of the TV show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” wins legal battle for the right to use his picture
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Germany
  • September 25 2009

Günther Jauch, the host of the German version of the famous TV show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", fought a battle through the instances that found a positive ending for him before the German Federal Court of Justice in March of this year, with the full decision published only recently (I ZR 807


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


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


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


Second basket of German copyright reform closes loophole on file-sharing, frees treasures from studios’ archives
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Germany
  • February 13 2008

In July 2007, the Lower House of German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) passed a long-awaited bill to amend the German Copyright Act


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


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


Federal Court of Justice: “Internet-based” video recorders are generally illegal
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Germany
  • June 22 2009

The Federal Court of Justice had to decide on April 22, 2009 on the legitimacy of so-called "Internet-based" video recorders