Find Lawyers in Munich, Germany for Media Law
Ralf-Michael Burkhardt, as an expert in the protection of intellectual property, specialises in providing legal advice in the areas of food law and press and media law. He has extensive experience in handling court proceedings. For many years he practicised in the firm of a lawyer admitted to the Federal Supreme Court in Karlsruhe.
Silke Freund focuses on the contentious – sometimes cross-border – enforcement of trade marks or the defense against asserted infringement claims of third parties. She also supports clients in their worldwide trade mark portfolio management in the filing, assignment, and licencing of trade marks as well as opposition, appeal, and cancellation proceedings before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (GPTO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Silke Freund ...
Gudrun Hausner is Partner at BEITEN BURKHARDT's Munich office. As a member of the practice group IP/IT/Media, her area of activity comprises in particular data protection law, IT law and competition law. She advises national and international clients mainly in the area of IT contract law - particularly for software development and customisation contracts - on questions regarding outsourcing, cross-border data transfer and e-commerce. Gudrun Hausner represents clients in judicial proceedings a...
Founding partner of TCI Rechtsanwälte München Partner at Baker & McKenzie in Munich (2002 – 2007) Associate at Baker & McKenzie in Frankfurt a.M., Dallas/Texas and Munich (1997 – 2002) Dr.jur. University of Regensburg Bar admission 1995 Law clerkship in Regensburg University of Regensburg Law School
Dr. Marcus von Welser was admitted to the bar in 2002 and was certified as an attorney specialized in intellectual property law in 2008. He advises and represents clients in all areas of intellectual property law, in particular copyright, trademark and competition law. He also has extensive experience in litigation and in negotiating contracts. His focus lies on judicial and out-of-court enforcement of intellectual property rights. He has long-time litigation experience before numerous distri...
Dr Holger Weimann is Partner at BEITEN BURKHARDT’s Munich office and member of the IP/IT/Media practice group. He advises companies of the media and technology sector (broadcasting, internet, print and music publishing, movie and television production, advertising and public relations agencies) on copyright (content, collecting societies), personal rights and law of unfair commercial practices. The main focus of his activity comprises the negotiation of licence agreements, advertising l...
Media Law Definition
'Media Law' refers to private, administrative and even criminal law on information and communication through all kinds of media.
Typical media law cases relate to the tension between the freedom of press and expression on the one hand and the personality rights of those who are affected by publications in press, radio, television or Internet on the other. The freedom of information and right to report - the press law - is the core area of the media law. Many cases are dealing with the balancing of conflicting rights of the media and the rights of prominent personalities from the entertainment industry, Royal houses, politics or business. In practice, even more cases deal with the violation of rights of ordinary citizens or businesses by publications of others on social media platforms, blogs or the like. It is a typical media law question, if and when those affected by publications in the internet, in the press or other media may seek injunctive relief, are entitled to compensation, to public counterstatement, to correction, or to rectification, or to what extent citizens or companies must tolerate the expression of public opinion or statements of facts.
However, media law concerns far more than just typical cases of the press law and the right to privacy. It also covers administrative and regulatory issues in the field of media services, telecommunication services and telecommunications services, their admission and supervision by public authorities, as well as constitutional privileges of media against search and seizure measures by law enforcement agencies or other authorities.
Media law is also closely linked to copyright and competition law. It overlaps with copyright law particularly in cases of production and licensing of audiovisual content or the infringement of copyright by media, where the activities of publishing companies are concerned or those of collecting societies (in Germany particularly those of the GEMA, the "German society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights").
References to competition law exist in cases concerning the admissibility of advertising by or in media, particularly in cases of disputes concerning the so-called principle of the separation, which is considered one of the primary principles of media law particularly in European countries such as Germany. It provides that advertising must be separated from editorial content. Hence, the admissibility of product placement as well as other issues of financing of media content are part of the area of media law too.
Close links of media law further exist to trademark law, in particular where it comes to the protection or infringement of rights at work titles, i.e., names or special designations of printed publications, cinematic works, music works, stage works or other comparable works.
Finally, media law is also connected to IT law, particularly in internet related cases concerning linking or framing, but also in cases dealing with data protection issues and the right to privacy.
Overall, media law is a broad field of law which continues to be challenging, particularly in the light of new technological developments and a fast-changing media industry.
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