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Image Texts of press agencies protected by German copyright law

The Karlsruhe Court of Appeal has granted copyright to texts of a
news agency. The typical objective, reporting and less individual
character of the texts was seen by the court, but the individuality
of assortment and way of presentation of facts and background
information in the respective texts was sufficient to regard the texts
as copyrighted works.  The news agency Agence France Presse (AFP)
and their legal representatives, copyright specialists of NÜMANN+LANG ,
were successful in the second instance. The decision is not yet final,
as the opponent is seeking admission of the case at the German Federal
High Court.


NÜMANN+LANG is a German lawfirm specialised in Intellectual Property law
and antipiracy activities.

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