Media Law & Copyright Law

Copyright reform in Germany: Melody protection is saved

At the invitation of German Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD), Attorney Dr. Christian Seyfert, LL.M., Julia Neigel and Peter Maffay met at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Berlin on March 22, 2021 to discuss the pending copyright reform. At the suggestion of Attorney Dr. Christian Seyfert, LL.M., Julia Neigel and Peter Maffay, the German government's draft law has since been revised. Melody protection has now been explicitly integrated into § 23 (1) UrhG (new version).

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The Culture Committee of the German Bundestag has invited Attorney Dr. Christian Seyfert, LL.M. as an expert and heard him in a four-hour session on the planned copyright reform

The Federal Government's draft of the planned copyright reform has been available since February 7th, 2021. The Culture Committee of the German Bundestag invited Attorney Dr. Christian Seyfert, LL.M. as an expert to a private Bundestag committee meeting to answer, along with eight other experts, the questions of the members of the Bundestag on the law reform. On February 24th, 2021, Dr. Seyfert was available to answer the questions of the members of the Bundestag for almost four hours in several rounds of questions.

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Atty. Dr. Christian Seyfert, LL.M. discusses upcoming copyright reform with Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD), and German artists Julia Neigel and Peter Maffay

Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD) invited Attorney Dr. Christian Seyfert, LL.M. and a number of well-known German artists, including Julia Neigel and Peter Maffay, to a one-hour expert discussion on the upcoming copyright reform in Germany. The one-hour discussion took place via video conference on February 22nd, 2021.

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13 Reasons Why the planned §§ 9 ff. Copyright Service Provider Act (UrhDaG) is Flawed (government draft as of 07.02.2021)

The German government has initiated a reform of copyright law in a new draft law based in part on an EU directive. Attorney at law Dr. Christian Seyfert, LL.M. is scheduled to discuss the planned copyright reform with German Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD) and several well-known German artists, including Julia Neigel and Peter Maffay, on February 22nd, 2021. Then on February 24th, 2021, Dr. Seyfert will participate as an expert in a meeting of the Cultural Committee of the German Bundestag, where he will discuss the planned copyright reform with members of the German Bundestag and other experts.

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Corona dispute at Stuttgart Regional Court: Art teacher sues 18-year-old student (Case No. 11 O 538/20)

An art teacher had removed our client, an 18-year-old student, from art class and had put her in a storage room because our client is not allowed to wear a face mask for medical reasons. When our client subsequently complained to the press about this discrimination, the art teacher applied to the Stuttgart Regional Court for an injunction against our client for alleged violation of her personal rights.

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Interview of Atty. Dr. Christian Seyfert with “Deutsche Welle”: Neil Young vs. Donald Trump

Recently, Atty. Dr. Christian Seyfert has given an interview to the German media broadcasting company “Deutsche Welle”. In this interview, Atty Dr. Christian Seyfert compares the copyright systems in the US and Germany and discusses Neil Young's lawsuit against Donald Trump's reelection company.

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Media and Art Use Licenses in Germany

This article deals with licensing issues regarding media and art use licenses and license agreements in Germany.

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OLG Stuttgart: Temporary injunction obtained against the president of a dance organisation to prevent further damaging statements against our client (Ref. 4 U 159/20)

After the Regional Court of Stuttgart only partially ruled in favour of our client in a lawsuit for damage to reputation, the Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart overturned this on appeal and ruled in favour of our client in full.

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"Schatten an der Wand" star Julia Neigel wins defamation case against competitor

"Schatten an der Wand" - Julia Neigel wins a lawsuit against musical competitor for damage to reputation (Case No. 2-03 O 127/19) 

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