Gutsch & Schlegel have successfully stopped the illegal use of a music title by the AfD local politician Yvonne Venticinque-Effenberger of the AfD District Association Waldeck-Frankenberg. The direct candidate of the District Association had posted a promotional video on her Facebook page as part of her election campaign for the right-wing extremist AfD for the Hessian state elections 2023 with the title “Für die Liebe (Akustic Version)” by the singer-songwriter duo “Berge“. However, this was done without obtaining the necessary consent from the exclusive rights holder, our client FerryHouse. In doing so, she not only violated Facebook’s “Music Guidelines”, but also the copyright law. The opponent has signed a cease-and-desist declaration and paid the legal costs.
The law firm Gutsch & Schlegel will donate the RVG fee paid by Ms Venticinque-Effenberger to „CORRECTIV – Recherchen für die Gesellschaft“.
Swedenpower in Hamburg – the In Flames were in town. They thrilled their fans – and their longtime lawyer Thomas Schlegel.
Our client George Dubose, famous photographer and great guy, is going to do a signing and photo exhibit with the author, Ben Merlis, who wrote “Goin’ Off – The Story of the Juice Crew and Cold Chillin’ Records”. If you want a signed copy of Ben’s book and George’s great “The Big Book of Hip-Hop Photography” go to Underpressure (Hamburg) on 15 December 2022. Buyers of either book could take an A2 photoprint of one of the Cold Chillin’ artists who appeared in Ben’s book for free.
Pink Floyd are releasing a new single in support of the people of Ukraine today. “Hey Hey Rise Up“ is the first new original music that our cliens have recorded together as a band since 1994’s “The Division Bell“. All proceeds will go towards Ukrainian humanitarian relief. Great stuff !
Another big success for us against Meta/Facebook in the matter of unofficial Facebook profiles. Due to the very clear indications during the hearing of the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court, Meta/Facebook has withdrawn its appeal against the judgement of the Hamburg Regional Court.
We therefore do not have to tolerate the Gutsch & Schlegel profile pages that Facebook had created without our consent and are entitled to the injunction. It is interesting to note that even the term “unofficial” is probably not sufficient to exclude misleading information about the creator of the profile pages.
For background information, see the 18/02/2020 news.
Thanks to Dr. Stefan Ellenberg and Christoph Schütz for their great work.
Our Ukraine Charity Project together with the artist Uta Peters, “Art for Peace”, is finished. We would like to thank Prof. Dr. Volker Limmroth from Cologne for the highest bid of EUR 1.250,-. We will increase the donation amount by the same sum.