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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


‘Appropriate remuneration’ for translators under German copyright law German Federal Court of Justice decides in favor of translators
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Germany
  • January 27 2010

In five parallel matters decided by the German Federal Court of Justice October 7, 2009 and published by the court recently (case nos. I ZR 3807, I ZR 3907, I ZR 4007, I ZR 4107 and I ZR 23006), the court further interpreted the provisions on appropriate remuneration for licensors in German copyright law


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


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


Aktuelles kurz gemeldet - Oktober 2016
  • Taylor Wessing
  • European Union, Germany
  • October 5 2016

Ein Standardklingelton kann wegen seiner Banalität nicht als Unionsmarke (für u.a. Träger zur Verbreitung von Informationen auf elektronischem und


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


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


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


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


“Third Basket”: German Federal Ministry of Justice is examining the need for further amendments to German copyright law
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Germany
  • September 25 2009

During the legislative proceedings for the Second Act on Copyright Law in the Information Society the so-called "Second Basket" which has been in force since January 1, 2008, many interest groups and lobbyists insisted that the legislator should timely attend to the preparation of a "Third Basket"