Imprint or copyright: We've heard it all before, especially when it causes problems. The Cyber Law Clinic proves that it is worthwhile to take a preventive look at legal issues and that good advice does not have to be expensive.
The Faculty of Law initiated the pro bono legal advice as a teaching project in the winter semester 2012/13 by the Chair of Public Law, Information and Communication Law of Prof. Dr. Marion Albers. Today, the Cyber Law Clinic has established itself as a contact point for questions in the area of internet law, media and communication law and intellectual property law. Fabian Schilling is in charge of the Cyber Law Clinic and gives tips on how designers can approach legal issues.
1. The law wants to protect and not annoy
It is easy to underestimate the multitude of legal problems in a project or start-up. The legal requirements then become annoying companions; however, they largely serve the designers' interests. If you build a legally secure foundation and sufficient legal certainty at the beginning, you can prevent problems from arising later.
2. The Internet Presence: Your Opportunity and Your Responsibility
Designers have a great interest in protecting their work in a legally secure way. The internet, whether on a website or social media, is both a blessing and a curse: on the one hand, internet presences promise a cost-effective way to reach a large audience. On the other hand, the prominent example of SHEIN clearly shows the dangers associated with the use of internet presences. Therefore, it is advisable to secure one's own works technically and, if necessary, legally as early as possible.
3. Know your rights
A legal dispute already begins with logging on to social networks. Whether it's providing personal data, uploading pictures or using them for business purposes: there are no limits to legal problems on the internet. It is a good idea to consult a lawyer as early as possible. This starts with the initial idea and ends with sales. Since a lawyer's consultation is regularly associated with costs, the Cyber Law Clinic is a popular offer, especially for young founders.
4. Student or start-up: Think about your project in terms of legal issues
The Cyber Law Clinic advises private individuals on issues relating to the internet, intellectual property rights (design, trademark and patent law, copyright, art copyright, etc.). Whether it is social media, blogs, problems with online purchases, etc.. Smaller agencies, young start-ups and influencers have also been helped. The offer ranges from questions about opening an online shop to the legally compliant design of a social media presence, disputes about domain names and account grabbing, problems with rating portals, questions about gaming or the legally compliant use of logos and works.
5. Your path to the Cyber Law Clinic
Together with the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, the Cyber Law Clinic offers regular consultation hours, which currently take place digitally. These are personal consultations that last 30 minutes. Registration is binding. You can find more information here.