Distribution of Pictures Cannot Be Prohibited by Publishers
Cologne, Germany -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/10/2012 -- GRP Rainer Lawyers Tax Advisors, Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, London http://www.grprainer.com/en elaborate: The higher regional court of Cologne decided with the judgment of the 21/12/2011 (File number: 6 U 118/11) in favor of the artist. When the right of use was transferred to the publishing company by the artist for a certain book project, then the publishing company cannot forbid the use of pictures in the absence of a suitable alternative arrangement; to which extent an author allows for the right of use for third parties is determined by the contents of any signed contracts. The publishing company cannot oppose the utilization of photos to third parties, which have been authorized by the photographer. With the surrender of the rights for the production of a collected work it depends, in the opinion of the court, primarily on the special choice and arrangement of the photographs and texts, so that another use of a photograph does not stand in opposition to any contractual agreements.