The district court in Hamburg, Germany
ruled on 4 May that the Bauer Media Group violated German copyright law by
re-using images of its photojournalists without further payment (Az. 312 O
According to the court decision, the flat-rate fee
charged by Bauer to cover multiple uses of photojournalists’ work is illegal.
The court said second-use of images should be compensated with additional
The decision also overturned previous ruling that
photojournalists have to face the legal consequence for the use of their work. However,
the court rejected the claim for compensation to photojournalists whose names
were not attributed in Bauers’ publications.
The case was brought by journalists unions in Germany, the DJV and dju who sued on behalf of
the photojournalists working for Bauer in Germany.
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