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Datum: 12.07.2019 11:00 - 12:00
Ort: Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht, Günterstalstraße 73, 79100 Freiburg im Breisgau
Ansprechperson: Dr. Carolin Hillemanns
Email: c.hillemanns@mpicc.de
Veranstaltet von: IMPRS REMEP & MPICC

Au­t­hor-meets-cri­tic ses­si­on: 12:00 – 13:00 | Dis­cussant: Esther Ear­bin (PhD Can­di­da­te, In­ter­na­tio­nal Max Planck Re­se­arch School on Re­ta­lia­ti­on, Me­dia­ti­on and Pu­nis­h­ment; PhD­net Ex­ter­nal Re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ve; PhD­net Ge­ne­ral Se­cre­ta­ry Max Planck So­cie­ty)

Der Vor­trag ist öf­fent­lich, um ei­ne form­lo­se An­mel­dung wird ge­be­ten.

The penal pro­vi­si­ons of the Ger­man Co­py­right Act (§§ 106 ff. Ur­hG) are clas­sic pro­vi­si­ons of sup­ple­men­ta­ry cri­mi­nal law. Be­ha­vi­or pro­hi­bi­ted by the Co­py­right Act is pu­nis­ha­ble un­der the­se re­gu­la­ti­ons. The Co­py­right Act is pri­ma­ri­ly ci­vil law. It main­ly re­gu­la­tes ci­vil law claims, in par­ti­cu­lar in­junc­ti­ve re­li­ef and claims for da­ma­ges. Apart from that, ho­we­ver, it al­so de­fi­nes when a co­py­righ­ted work exists and what is to be un­der­stood by re­pro­duc­ti­on, dis­tri­bu­ti­on or com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on of the work to the pu­blic. Fur­ther­mo­re, the con­di­ti­ons un­der which such an ac­ti­on is per­mis­si­ble or pro­hi­bi­ted find their re­gu­la­ti­on.
If the­re is an – un­der ci­vil law – pro­hi­bi­ted act, the be­ha­vi­or is re­gu­lar­ly pu­nis­ha­ble. In this re­spect, the cri­mi­nal pro­vi­si­ons of co­py­right law are “ac­ces­so­ry to ci­vil law”. The con­cept of the co­py­righ­ted work and the acts of re­pro­duc­ti­on, dis­tri­bu­ti­on and pu­blic com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on as well as the ca­ses “per­mit­ted by law” are go­ver­ned by the un­der­ly­ing ci­vil law pro­vi­si­ons. Ne­vert­he­less, ci­vil law dis­pu­tes over co­py­right is­su­es are fre­quent, but cri­mi­nal con­vic­ti­ons are ra­re. This is as­to­nis­hing, sin­ce one could as­s­u­me that any ci­vil sen­tence for co­py­right in­frin­ge­ment is fol­lo­wed by a cor­re­spon­ding cri­mi­nal con­vic­ti­on. Why this is not the ca­se will be ad­dres­sed in this lec­ture. First­ly, the prac­ti­ce of cri­mi­nal con­vic­ti­ons will be ana­ly­zed, and it will be as­ked why they ra­re­ly oc­cur. Se­cond­ly, “breakthroughs” of ci­vil law ac­ces­so­ri­ness will be ex­ami­ned, which can lead to the fact that cri­mi­nal law and ci­vil law fall apart. In a third part, re­fe­rence will be ma­de to de le­ge fe­ren­da con­si­de­ra­ti­ons.