Copyright, culture, and media

Digitalization presents new challenges and new opportunities for authors, users, and exploiters of creative works alike. At the same time, digital networking has greatly changed the conditions of communication in business and society. We counsel and represent our clients in the rapidly developing fields of copyright and media law during the assertion of, and defense against, claims as well as during the negotiation of contracts.

Freedom of the press and speech
  • Defense and protection of the freedom of speech and press by defending against claims pertaining to the right of opinion
  • Assertion and enforcement of claims relating to untrue factual claims against classic media and online platforms
  • Assertion and enforcement of claims relating to insult and abusive criticism against classic media and online platforms
  • Counseling in the run-up to planned publications
  • Reputation protection online and offline
  • Procedure in the event of unauthorized use of images
  • Action against internet ratings infringing on rights on online platforms
  • Claims pursuant to the Network Enforcement Act (Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz, NetzDG)
Film law
  • Drafting and negotiation of option and filming contracts, financing contracts, production contracts
  • Drafting and negotiation of contracts between film authors and producers
  • Drafting and negotiation of license, rental, and distribution agreements
  • Protection of concepts, characters, formats, and film titles
  • Film subsidy law
  • Clarification of rights chains
  • As necessary, in cooperation with specialized partner law firms abroad
Media law
  • Comprehensive counseling concerning all questions of telemedia law according to the Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz, TMG) and the Interstate Broadcasting Treaty (Staatsvertrag für Rundfunk und Telemedien, RStV).
  • Clarification of legal issues pertaining to advertising, sponsorship, and product placement in public and private broadcasting
  • Clarification of legal questions pertaining to advertising and sponsoring on the internet and social media (incl. influencer marketing)
  • Advertising contracts
  • Contract law and general terms and conditions of business for internet services
  • Information and trademark obligations under media law
  • Liability issues on the internet
  • Media-related brand, trademark, and title protection
  • Counseling and representation pertaining to press and broadcasting law claims for information and disclosure and in accordance with the Federal Act Governing Access to Information Held by the Federal Government (Freedom of Information Act) (Gesetz zur Regelung des Zugangs zu Informationen des Bundes (Informationsfreiheitsgesetz), IFG)