Works of literature, art and science can be protected by copyright. Examples include written works, logos, photographs and aesthetically designed objects. Copyright protection with the associated prohibition norms can provide a basis for claims in addition to industrial property rights.   

The creator's rights to his work are regulated by the Copyright Act.

Copyright is not entered in a register, but arises - irrespective of the type of work - through its creation. In contrast to patents, trademark rights or design registrations, there is no means of obtaining protection by formal application.

A prerequisite for the existence of copyright protection is a work within the meaning of § 2 (2) Urhebergesetz (UrhG), i.e. that a personal intellectual creation exists.

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