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Felix Hilgert

Senior Associate, Maître en Droit, Germany


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Revision of Copyright Contract Law in Germany

Recent revisions in German copyright law have introduced changes to the right of authors and performing artists to obtain reasonable compensation for their work. This right was originally introduced in...

Written on 20 Feb 2017


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Germany Revamps Youth Protection Rules

  After 13 years of stasis despite massive technological progress, the first revision of the State Treaty on Youth Protection in the Media (sometimes also referred to as Interstate Treaty...

Written on 20 Feb 2017


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Clarifications on Withdrawal Right Expected in German Consumer Law

Since the implementation of the EU Consumer Rights Directive in 2014, Consumers across the EU have a new statutory withdrawal right in contracts for the purchase of „digital content“. Unlike...

Written on 20 Feb 2017


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New Data Protection Regulation in the EU

  The long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on 25 May 2018. The GDPR constitutes the biggest change to the data protection regime in the EU...

Written on 20 Feb 2017


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Take your game to the next level: the interactive media landscape in Europe

Every February, gaming aficionados from all over the world gather in San Francisco for GDC (the Gaming Developers Conference). The interesting thing about gaming, especially online and mobile gaming, is...

Written on 14 Feb 2017


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German Games Industry Presents Model Bill For Development Tax Credits

Games are often cutting-edge technology, and always an important economic factor and a cultural asset. It is hardly surprising that many countries support their development for one or more of...

Written on 16 Dec 2016


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Key selling: Why video games are not simply software

The practice of key selling continues to be a controversial topic in the games industry. Some confusion has arisen following a recent decision of Germany’s highest civil court, the Federal...

Written on 30 Aug 2016


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Age rating in Virtual Reality Environments

The rapid development of virtual reality technology lets players immerse themselves into digital worlds, and additional accessories introduce a physical experience to gaming, letting gamers feel vibrations and even punches....

Written on 11 Aug 2016


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Court Decision: Consumer Withdrawal Right Waiver Possible for Virtual Currencies

The EU Consumer Rights Directive created an express right for consumers to withdraw from purchases of digital content. Unlike for other goods and services, the Directive however permits providers to...

Written on 1 Aug 2016


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The 2015 Interactive Entertainment Summit: a summary of the event

Experts from across the games industry gathered at Osborne Clarke on the afternoon of 3 December for the 2015 Interactive Entertainment Summit.  Developers, publishers, investors and representatives from industry bodies...

Written on 10 Dec 2015


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Evolving standards: Fewer content-based restrictions for video games in Germany

Germany is notorious for its strict and somewhat complicated youth protection legislation. If the age ratings boards refuse a rating for a movie or game, a federal review authority (the...

Written on 30 Oct 2015


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Court confirms (again): Steam accounts do not have to be transferable

In the seemingly perennial dispute between German consumer watchdog group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (“vzbv”) and Valve Inc., the Higher Regional Court of Berlin (Kammergericht; “KG”) has confirmed once more the previous...

Written on 29 Oct 2015


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Digital Media Legal Forum: A summary of the event

On 7 October 2015 we held our annual Digital Media Legal Forum, where experts from our London and European offices, along with a host of guest speakers, shared their insights...

Written on 12 Oct 2015


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Getting games “unbanned” in Germany

Germany’s strict youth protection laws put severe marketing and distribution restrictions on media deemed by a government review board to be harmful to minors. While any game with an official...

Written on 14 Jul 2015


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What freedom of panorama means for video games

The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has recently caused a stir by voting a paper that urges the EU Commission to significantly restrict “freedom of panorama” as a...

Written on 14 Jul 2015


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New Case Law on Online Game Ads: ‘Shop in the Pet Store’ Not Illegal Targeting of Children

The final “Runes of Magic” decision of the German Federal Court of Justice (“BGH”) regarding an advertisement for in-game items (allegedly) targeted at children has caused enormous insecurity (we have...

Written on 7 Jul 2015


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Not a Hoax: What Scrapping Freedom of Panorama Would Do to Games

We couldn’t believe it at first, but it’s no hoax: The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has voted a paper that urges the EU Commission to significantly restrict...

Written on 7 Jul 2015


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Final Decision in Runes of Magic Case: German Federal Court of Justice Upholds Ban on In-Game Item Advertisement

The highest German civil court, the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof; “BGH”), has rendered a final decision in the “Runes of Magic” case, confirming its earlier default judgment and ordering...

Written on 29 Oct 2014


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Endgültige Entscheidung in Sachen Runes of Magic: BGH hält an Verbot von Werbung für In-Game Items fest

Der Bundesgerichtshof (BGH) hat eine endgültige Entscheidung im Fall “Runes of Magic” gefällt und das zuvor ergangene Versäumnisurteil bestätigt, worin der Betreiber des client-basierten free-to-play Fantasy-Spiels verurteilt wurde, bei der...

Written on 29 Oct 2014


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