Legal Representation before the Copyright Courts and General Courts in Germany
ZELLER & SEYFERT is a German law firm with seasoned litigators who focus their forte on representing music clients in all facets of music law cases before German courts. Music law related disputes are reviewed in Germany by specialized courts for copyright litigation. The courts for copyright litigation decide, for example, disputes about music copyrights of music composers and music publishers as well as disputes about neighboring rights of record labels, record producers, singers, musicians, dancers and other performing artists. The German courts for copyright litigation also have jurisdiction over disputes concerning the neighboring rights of music promoters and music event managers.
The general German courts (civil departments) have jurisdiction, when issues of privacy and publicity, e.g. of music stars and other music celebrities, are at stake. The general German courts also have jurisdiction in cases concerning image law and photo law.
Legal Representation in Speedy Trials (Summary Proceedings)
In particularly urgent cases, our attorneys will rapidly enforce the music copyrights and neighboring rights of your music publishing company / record label in a speedy trial (summary proceeding) before the responsible German court. Speedy trials (summary proceedings) can also be initiated in Germany to preliminary enforce the neighboring of music promoters and music event organizers, singers, musicians and other performing artists. In case privacy and publicity rights of singers, music celebrities and performing artists are at stake, we will quickly seek an injunction against the infringing party on your behalf.
Our attorneys know the peculiarities of injunction proceedings in German and international music law disputes out of many years of experience before the German courts.
Cease and Desist Letters – Pre-Litigation Representation of Music Clients out of court
Copyright owners of music as well as claimants of all other forms of music related rights (singers, musicians, performing artists, music promoters and event organizers, record companies, music publishers, etc.) usually have the burden, according to German law, to send the infringing party a cease and desist letter out of court in order to inform the infringing party about its music law violations and in order to seek a possible settlement. Starting a lawsuit without prior informing the infringing party about its legal violations may otherwise have the consequence that you as the plaintiff have to pay the entire court fees and attorney fees of both sides even if you later win the lawsuit.
Defending Music Clients in Music Law Matters
If music law related claims have been asserted against you or your company, our attorneys will quickly evaluate the legal situation for you and your company. If you have already received documents from a German court or such documents have been served to you otherwise, a quick response by a German attorney is regularly necessary to meet all pending deadlines set by the court. Litigation is our attorneys’ forte. Our attorneys will defend you proficiently before German courts.
German and International Music Law Disputes
Music is international. Music is performed worldwide, broadcast on the radio, streamed across the internet and synched into the soundtrack of motion pictures. Musicians and singers are often celebrated and worshipped internationally. Music rights as well as neighboring rights of performing artists, record companies and event promoters are exploited internationally.
Our attorneys offer years of experience with complex music law litigation in German courts. They will evaluate if and to what extent German courts have jurisdiction in your music law case and if German law applies. Our attorneys will proficiently enforce your music rights in Germany.