Creativity protected.

Copyright is the right to copy the expression of ideas (intellectual property) in a material form and the right to prevent others from doing so. Attorney & Journalist Olaf Kretzschmar can help you with the following:
As the originator, I can explain to you on how to protect your creative works and how to optimize the economic usefulness of the creation. A licensing agreement needs to be designed. However, a preservation of evidence is initially essential. Copyright laws in Germany protect the way ideas or information are described or expressed (for example, in a document or a drawing), not the ideas or information themselves. There is no system of registration of copyright. Rather it is a free and voluntary form of protection which comes into existence on reducing a work to a material form.

Methods of preventing infringement:

  • Assignment or licensing of copyright
  • Preservation of evidence / audit
  • Methods of valuation of copyright
  • Design contract format
  • Enforcement of copyrights in case of breach

The primary purpose of copyright is to provide an incentive for people to produce new works for the benefit of society as a whole. The incentive is created by the opportunity to be paid when other people use and disseminate those works. Copyright can also reward people who create works without expecting payment, when their works end up being used by others.
The primary end of the law on this subject is to give to the author of a creative work his just reward for the benefit he has bestowed on the community and also to encourage the making of further creative works. In copyright law, the objective of encouraging the creation of new works is balanced by the objective of making material available for socially desirable purposes such as research and education.

Writing, music, still images, moving images, computer programs, recorded sounds.

It must also be first published in a country which is a party to an international copyright treaty, or made by a national of such a country. Most countries are a member of one or more copyright treaties, so it is extremely rare that a work first published overseas, or by an overseas creator, is not protected.

A physical item can contain a number of different and separate copyrights. For example, a CD will usually contain a number of musical works, lyrics, and recordings of performances of the music and lyrics. Similarly, a DVD will usually contain moving images, recorded sounds on the soundtrack, a screenplay and music.

Liability, authorization, penalties, piracy, damages, compensation, court.

You can infringe copyright by using someone else's copyright material without their permission, unless there is a special exception for your use.

Using a part of a work can also infringe copyright if is an important part – it needn't need be a large part. Even if you change or add to what you use, you can infringe copyright if what you use an important, essential or distinctive part of the original material.

A person who infringes copyright can be sued by the copyright owner and taken to court. A court can order a range of things, including that the infringer pay compensation and pay the copyright owner's costs.

In some cases, a person who infringes copyright can be charged by the police, and can be ordered to pay a fine or, in serious cases, jailed. To protect intellectual property, the value of the dispute has to be determined.

The range of services offered is addressed to entrepreneurs in terms of § 14 German Civil Code (BGB).