Paragraph 1 of the Copyright Act says that authors of literary, scientific and artistic works are protected for their works in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
Anyone attempting to determine the scope of the copyright law by means of this legal formula will fall far short of the practical limits of the legal field. In fact, copyright and the "property rights related to copyright" come into view wherever people are creative. Thus, copyright-relevant circumstances are, for example
the wording of product texts for a web store;
the modification of the architectural design of a house, but also its photographic reproduction;
the copying of photographs from an expert opinion on an antique gold coin;
the distribution of counterfeit furniture by Le Corbusier;
the replication of toys;
the altered reproduction of a line drawing;
the "forwarding" of the program of a Peruvian television station as an Internet stream;
the use of music file-sharing networks;
the programming of websites.
This list gives an idea that copyright law affects almost all areas of life. In our practice, however, we have developed a number of key areas in which we are particularly frequently mandated:
The representation of professional photographers.
The advice and representation of graphic artists and designers, especially in cases of counterfeiting in connection with consumer products (e.g., imprinting a design on a shower gel collection).
The representation of television stations and OTT-providers.
Advising and representing product designers or design companies.
The settlement of disputes between authors and authorized users, e.g. in cases of doubt about the scope of the granting of a right of use or with regard to claims for subsequent remuneration.
In the past 14 years, we have handled more than 4,000 copyright cases and have conducted at least a three-digit number of court proceedings. Since copyright cases almost always depend on a case-by-case approach and a sense of intuition and intuition, this wealth of experience helps us to effectively enforce our clients' rights.