Lawyer for copyright and image theft

Lawyer for copyright law Robert Meyen

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Your expert in copyright law: Lawyer Robert Meyen

Robert Meyen


Specialist lawyer for intellectual property rights

brands media meyen
Breite Straße 22
41460 Neuss

Tel: 02131/4051650

We help with image theft

Attorney Robert Meyen helps with the experience of hundreds of warnings due to unauthorized photo use

Our law firm focuses on copyright law, in particular to the Photographers' rights ("image theft").

Our law firm is located in Neuss, Germany. We are in the immediate vicinity of Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bonn, Krefeld, Mönchengladbach and Duisburg and close to the border with the Netherlands.

We represent photographers whose images are used without authorization as well as those who have been warned by photo cease-and-desist letters.


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Rely on the experience gained from hundreds of photo warnings
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Your expert in copyright law: Lawyer Robert Meyen

Robert Meyen
Specialist lawyer for intellectual property rights

brands media meyen
Breite Straße 22
41460 Neuss

Tel: 02131/4051650

What does copyright protect?

Copyright protects intellectual creations, i.e. works of literature, music, visual arts, photography, cinematography and architecture. This also includes computer programs, databases and works of applied art.

In order to be protected by copyright, a work must fulfill the following requirements:

  • It must be a personal intellectual creation. This means that it must be the result of an individual creative effort.
  • It must be perceptible. This means that it must be perceptible to the senses in some form, e.g. through writing, sound, image or film.
  • It must reach a certain level of creativity. This means that it must not be a mere stringing together of familiar elements, but an independent and original achievement.

Copyright protects various rights of the author:

  • The right of reproduction
  • The right to dissemination
  • The right of communication to the public
  • The right to edit
  • The right to be named
The term trademark attorney is not protected. Patent attorneys are often also referred to as trademark attorneys.

Special features of photos in copyright law

Photographs can be protected as photographs or photographic works.

  • Photographs are simple depictions of reality. They enjoy the performance protection of § 72 UrhG.
  • Photographic works on the other hand, are creative achievements of the photographer. They are protected by copyright.
The protection of the photograph is a so-called ancillary copyright. It therefore does not protect the particular creativity of the photographer, but only the performance of the photograph. This means that absolutely every photo protected by copyright experiences.
Photographers can therefore take action against the distribution of their images without further ado.   

Our services for photographers

Your image was used without authorization?

As a photographer, you own the copyright to your images. This means that you alone can decide how your images are used. If you discover that your images have been used without your consent always a Copyright infringement before. In this case, you have various options for taking action against image theft.

First steps:

  1. Preservation of evidence: First, make sure you have evidence of the unauthorized use of your image. This can include screenshots, links to the websites or social media platforms where your image is being used and the user's contact details.
  2. Warning: Ideally, you should have the image thief warned immediately and not take action yourself. Taking action yourself often causes irreparable damage. In the warning letter, the copyright infringement is clearly stated and the user is requested to refrain from using your image. In addition to the cease-and-desist declaration, we will of course demand compensation for damages and reimbursement of the warning costs for you.
  3. Legal action: If the user continues to use your image even after the warning, you can take legal action. We will then apply for an interim injunction on your behalf or bring an action for injunctive relief and damages.

We support you!

We are a law firm specializing in intellectual property law. We advise and represent photographers in all matters relating to copyright and photo theft. We help you to protect your rights and take action against copyright infringements.

Our offer to warned parties

Have you received a warning letter due to unauthorized photo use?

Don't panic! A warning letter is annoying, but no reason to despair. It is important that you take the warning seriously and do not ignore it.

First steps:

  1. Check the warning letter: Have the warning letter checked by a lawyer. The lawyer can tell you whether the warning is justified and whether you need to take action. We will advise you on all steps and possible consequences.
  2. Do not make any hasty decisions: Never sign the cease-and-desist declaration proposed by the warning letter without consulting a lawyer.
  3. Contact a lawyer: We advise and represent you in all matters relating to warning letters. We help you to defend your rights and find the best possible solution for you.

We can help you!

We understand that you are in a difficult situation. We therefore endeavor to help you quickly and in an uncomplicated manner. We take the time to answer your questions and explain the legal context to you in plain language.

Why you should contact us:

  • We specialize in intellectual property law and have many years of experience in the field of copyright law.
  • We offer you competent and personal advice.
  • We are committed to defending your interests.
  • We are fair and transparent in our cost breakdown.

Our goal:

We want to help you protect your rights and achieve the best possible solution for you.

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