Press law and media reporting law in Germany

The right of freedom of media reporting, freedom of expression, freedom of speech and freedom of press are the most important fundamental foundations of democracy and, as a matter of principle, are embedded in Article 1, 2 and 5 of the Basic Law.

But media communication has also different sides. It can unjustly destroy the honor and prestige of a person. The basic rights of a human being can be violated by declaring false or untruthful facts about this person, unlawful or manipulated photos can be “leaked” on the internet, and the private sphere of a person can easily be infringed.

In these cases, it is generally issued an injunction proceeding, or a request for compensation for pain/damages or similar. Negative reports however, are not changed by juristic decisions. Unfortunately, even successful processes can have negative consequences in the light of their new public impact.

What we do for you is: after examining of all the material, proofs and your legal situation, we will let you know a possible tactical move in order to succeed in your goal. We offer more than a legal advice; it is all about your success and your reputation. We will support and accompany you throughout all the legal proceedings, before the Federal Constitutional Court or the European Court of Human Rights. Our experienced attorneys also advise and represent a few medium-sized press companies in all matters of media and press law.

 

Publishing law in Germany

In what concerns the publishing legislation?

A Publishing Agreement authorizes the author to leave the work to the publisher for duplication and distribution in his representation. The publisher is obliged to reproduce and distribute the work as it is. Typical publishing contracts regard subjects of literary or musical works.

What is a „Publishing contract“?

 

The relationship between the authors and the publisher can be freely arranged. Some publishing contracts are based on the standard agreement of the Exchange Association. The non-binding Publishing Law (from 1901) regulates the main features.

What can we do for you?

  • Contracting and auditing of licensing agreements, remuneration agreements, publishing, editors and publishers administration contracts, including contracting for the production of sound, film and data media; (artists and bands publishing contract, distribution contracts, and performance contracts).
  • General media law including publishing, press, internet, music, film, television and event law as well as drafting contracts for film and television productions (scripted contracts, license agreements, production agreements);
  • Management, agency, consultancy and promotion contracts; media cooperation and merchandising agreements;
  • Protection of domain names, brand and company codes, hosting access, service and content provisions as well as general liability issues on the internet, in particular the liability for own and third-party sited or another type of networking;
  • Software and database law (with mobile commerce and MMS and digital rights management, ie handling of DRM systems, technical protection measures such as access control systems and copy protection system), in particular copy protection for audio CDs, DVDs as well as for film and multimedia DVDs and other data carriers;
  • Negotiation Management for authors with production and distribution companies;
  • Conduct negotiations between production and sale companies against authors;
  • Copyright examinations and evaluations, especially in the areas of design and art, as well as in the case of speech, sound and image works;
  • National and international law enforcement; utilization assessments (admissibility assessment of work use);
  • Judicial and arbitration enforcement of all kinds of copyrights, including interim injunctions and international legal proceedings.

Further topics and services offered by our Law Firm

  • Publishing Law;
  • Publishing Law Attorneys Hanover;
  • Verify, create the publishing license;
  • Publishers;
  • Authors;
  • Author´s contracts;
  • EBOOK-contracts;
  • Publishing company;
  • Book publishing;
  • Music publishing;
  • Publisher agreement;