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Copyright law

Copyright enjoys by no means only a "shadow existence", but has recently overtaken agriculture and even the chemical industry as a sector of value creation (source: Copyright Act et al., Dreier/Schulze- Dreier, Einl. Rdn. 12).

"In addition to public interests, it primarily serves to protect the artistic and aesthetic interests of the creator in his work and therefore also to secure his economic existence," according to Dr. Poggemann Rechsanwälte | Fachanwälte Osnabrück.

Historically, the beginning of copyright protection can be traced back to the invention of printing (around 1450), because until that time artists had to render their services free of charge; dependent on the benefactions of a patron for their livelihood.

In Germany, copyright enjoys the protection of the property guarantee of the Basic Law (Art. 14 GG) with regard to its pecuniary powers, but has traditionally been structured internationally in reciprocal agreements, which found its expression as early as in the Revised Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (1886). Subsequently, a large number of international treaties have been added, with the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and the WIPO treaties occupying a prominent position. All this has to be taken into account when the law firm Dr. Poggemann Rechtsanwälte | Fachanwälte Osnabrück advises you. 

Even the European Union has not changed the fact that copyright law has basically retained its territorial character. Unlike, for example, trademark and design law, there is still no European copyright law. And if you need professional advice on the subject matter, our specialists and lawyers of the law firm Dr. Poggemann are at your disposal as reliable contact persons in Osnabrück.