Authors, producers of movies, advertisement agencies or programmers of software enjoy legal protection of their intellectual property. By means of license agreements, authors on the one hand and users of copyright protected works on the other can agree on the scope and conditions under which for example a book will be published, a movie will be shown, advertisement will be placed or software can be used. For instance, the scope of the license, warranty and liability issues but also the right of modification of the work and of making back-up copies can be subject of such contract. Further, copyright owners are entitled to sue pirates and infringers of their copyright, claiming for damages and a temporary or permanent injunction.
Draft, review and negotiation of license agreements, publishing agreements and other agreements between authors and users of copyrights
Evaluation of the copyright situation
Enforcement of claims under copyright
Defence against infringement claims
Both manufacturers and importers of technical products can fall under product liability. In case of death, personal injury or property damage due to defect products, third parties might claim damages even after the warranty period has already expired. Software falls under product liability, too.
Safety Requirements are established mainly by technical standards and EU-law such as the Machinery Directive. These are implemented into German law by the Geräte- und Produktsicherheitsgesetz (GPSG) and various national regulations.
In order to avoid product liability claims and to defend against potential lawsuits, legal advice is useful. For instance, this holds true with respect to implementing technical and contractual protection measures such as warnings in manuals or indemnification obligations of suppliers. It might also be recommendable to review the validity of asserted product liability claims or a possible obligation to call back products.
Review and legal advice in terms of product liability risks
Taking into account product liability law when drafting contracts
Defence against product liability claims