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Media Law // Copyright Law

For Creators

  • Parts of my painstakingly created website are reproduced 1:1 on another website. How should I react to this?
  • My book is to be printed. Is the publishing contract presented to me legally correct?
  • I would like to grant another person the right to use my work or a license to use my work. What do I need to bear in mind?

For Media Companies and Journalists

  • As a journalist, I have received explosive documents. Am I allowed to publish them?
  • We are writing about a criminal case. Can we publish the name of the victim?
  • Do I have to disclose my informants to the authorities?

For Individuals who are reported about by the media

  • Untruths are being spread about me on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram or TikTok. How can I stop this?
  • Details of my private life are being revealed in the media. What claims do I have against the media?
  • I have suffered enormous damage as a result of negative reporting. How can this be made good?

Reasons for Schmelz lawfirm

  • Creators of photographs, texts, videos and similar works are usually remarkably creative minds - but not lawyers. We advise you so that your creative work is protected in the best possible way. In the event of a conflict, we enforce claims for injunctive relief, damages and reasonable compensation.
  • The line between the right to freedom of expression and the right to respect for privacy is blurred. We advise media companies, journalists and individuals who are in the spotlight of media coverage by defending or enforcing media law and copyright claims on your behalf.
  • Negative or untrue reporting can sooner or later cause massive damage and permanently tarnish the reputation of an individual or company. We work with you to develop a defense strategy under the heading of personality protection: fast and uncomplicated. Especially in the case of negative or untrue reporting (keyword "shitstorm"), rapid help is needed to ward off damage that can hardly be repaired.

You and your work are our centerpoint.



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