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Media Law and Copyright Law

For Creators

  • A picture that I created is being used without my consent. What claims can I make?
  • Parts of my painstakingly created website can be found in identical form on another homepage. What should I do about this?
  • My book is going into print. Is the publishing contract at hand legally acceptable?
  • I would like to grant another person unlimited right of usage or permission of usage of one of my work pieces. What should I pay attention to?

For Media Companies and Journalists

  • As a journalist I obtained some controversial documents. Am I allowed to publish them?
  • We are reporting on a criminal case. Can we publish the names of the victim?
  • Are we able to include photos of the wanted person even if the offender has already been caught?
  • Am I obliged to disclose my personal information when questioned by authorities?

For Individuals who are reported about by the media

  • My full name appears in the media. What can I do?
  • Someone is spreading lies about me. How can I make them stop?
  • Details of my private life are being exposed in the media. What action can I take against the media channel?
  • I suffered huge damages due to adverse media coverage. How can I claim this damage?

Reasons for Schmelz lawfirm

  • Creators of photographs, text works, videos and the like are mostly remarkable creative minds - but not lawyers. We advise you, so that your created work is best protected. In case of conflict, we enforce injunctive relief claims, claims for damages and claims for reasonable compensation.
  • The line between the right to freedom of expression and the right to respect for privacy is fluid. We represent media companies, journalists and people who are in the light of media coverage by defending or enforcing media law and copyright claims for you.
  • Negative or untrue reporting can sooner or later cause massive damage and permanently damage the reputation of a person or company. Under the heading of personal protection, we develop a defense strategy with you: fast and uncomplicated. Because especially with negative or untrue reporting (keyword "Shitstorm") quick help is announced, to ward off hardly reparable damage.

You and your work are our CENTERPOINT

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