Press and media law

As long-standing specialists in copyright and media law, we advise and represent you in all matters of press and media law. This includes claims within the scope of public reporting in the press, radio, television and the internet. Often personal rights, personal honour or the right to one’s own image are affected. Further areas of expertise are legal questions concerning external test reports or rating portals.

Our clients include companies in the media industry, publishing houses, journalists, freelancers and operators of internet platforms.

You might also ask yourself one of the following questions …

Basically, it is the right of every person to decide how, where and whether images of their person are distributed. The right to one’s own picture is protected above all by the Art Copyright Act (KUG). According to § 22 KUG, portraits may only be distributed or publicly displayed with the consent of the person depicted.

If your picture is published without consent, a demand for removal and omission, as well as a claim for damages and monetary compensation may arise.

The right to one’s own name is also part of the general personal rights and is anchored in § 12 BGB. If this right is disputed by another person or violated by the unauthorised use of the same name, a demand for removal and omission, as well as compensation for damages, can also arise here.

An insult is when defamatory disrespect of a person is made public. Slander is the assertion of untrue facts which are likely to disparage or belittle the person concerned or threaten his or her credibility. Both insult and slander constitute criminally punishable acts, §§ 185, 187 StGB. The perpetrator must expect a prison sentence or fine.

Civil law claims may also arise. However, a claim for monetary compensation is only granted if there is a considerable impairment of the right of personality. Whether the impairment is substantial can only be determined on the merits of the individual case.

If there is a risk of recurrence, the injured party is entitled to injunctive relief to prevent a renewed insult or defamation.

The right to informational self-determination is an element of the general right of personality, which is anchored in Article 1 (1) in connection with Article 2 (1) of the German Basic Law (GG). It protects the right of the individual to decide what personal data he or she discloses and how it may be used. Thus,  authority of disposition of data is protected.

A violation of this right may give rise to a claim for injunction, correction or revocation, for counterstatement, and also a claim for damages and monetary compensation.

Companies are also granted a right to informational self-determination, the core area of which primarily includes business and trade secrets.

… then we will be happy to help you.

Our services: Advice and representation

  • in questions of general personal rights, personal honour, the right to a name, the right to one’s own image (§§ 22, 23 Art Copyright Act)

  • in matters of corporate personality law (protection of the social value and respect of the company), etc.

  • in questions of media law, press law, word and image reporting as well as the right to make statements in general

  • with regard to the protection of privacy and confidentiality

  • in cases of negative ratings and false statements on the Internet, especially in rating portals

  • with regard to the right to informational self-determination (right to decide on the disclosure and use of personal data)

  • Regarding the right to the spoken word (e.g. tape recordings) and the right to the written word (e.g. diary entries)

  • in cases of “cyber-bullying” and “sexting”

  • in relation to the right to be forgotten (Google and other search engines)

Our services for assertion and defence

  • claims for injunctive relief, claims for counterstatement, claims for correction, revocation and other claims such as claims for damages and monetary compensation

  • of cancellation claims with regard to negative evaluations

  • of claims for protection of honour (e.g. abusive criticism, insult, slander, disparagement), protection of the name, protection of the right to one’s own image

  • taking criminal proceedings to protect victims quickly and effectively from intimate publications or so-called sexting

Our services for judicial enforcement and defence

    • Claims such as injunction, information, compensation, etc. and representation in proceedings for interim legal protection and temporary injunctions

Your lawyers for press and media law

Ernst Hennning Knigge
Ernst Hennning KniggeLL.M. EUR., lawyer, banker, mediator, copyright and media law specialist
David Nourney
David Nourney LL.M. Intellectual Property Law, Attorney at Law, Copyright and Media Law, Intellectual Property Law (admission suspended pursuant to section 47 (1) BRAO)
Igor Dragobetski
Igor DragobetskiAttorney at Law

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