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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


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


The opera “Motezuma” by Antonio Vivaldi still protected under copyright law?
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Germany
  • April 20 2009

On Jan. 22, 2009, the German Federal Court of Justice rendered judgment (I ZR 1907) in a case concerning the question of whether or not the Berliner Sing-Akademie, a professional choir in Berlin, had a right to claim exclusive rights of exploitation to Vivaldi’s opera “Motezuma” under Sec. 71 of the German Copyright Act, asserting that the work had never been published prior to the claimants’ initial release of the work after expiry of its copyright protection


CJEU renders next landmark decision - this time on free Wi-Fi
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union, Germany
  • September 20 2016

So far, September has been a busy month in Luxembourg. On 8 September 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down a


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


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 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


A question of balance
  • Siebeke Lange Wilbert
  • Germany
  • August 29 2012

Disputes between celebrities and the popular press about the legality of published images and reports are very common


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