Copyright law

Copyright protection comes into force automatically with the creation of written and artistic works. However, it is important to state that, while copyrights protect the expression of ideas, they do not protect the idea itself. Copyrights may grant protection of literary and artistic works such as books, music, paintings, films, sculptures, but also computer programs, databases, advertisements, maps and technical drawings. The emphasis here is on intellectual creativity and individuality.

Translations and adaptations of works protected by copyright require the authorization of the copyright owner.

Copyright protection is automatic in all the states party of the Berne Convention, however, there may be differences depending on different domestic laws applicable. This may lead to misunderstandings, since the protection under copyright has to meet the criteria established by the court.

In general, copyright protection begins with the creation of the work and expires 70 years after the death of the creator. After that, the creation is no longer covered by intellectual property and it will fall into public domain.

We can assist you in marking your works as copyright protected creations and in prosecuting infringements.

In case of a transfer of the right for the use of third parties, we will make sure that a licence agreement covers all necessary legal regulations.

If you receive a warning letter, we recommend to seek qualified legal advice before taking any measures to prevent negative effects like a preliminary injunction.