Legal advice in real time
– that’s our hallmark.

We understand that sometimes delay can destroy important legal rights forever. Our services are designed to accommodate this. We act quickly, concentrate on getting solutions and firmly enforce claims on your behalf. Our rule of thumb: personal care, effective protection.


Fields of law
Kanzlei Kötz Fusbahn

As a highly professional law firm we that offer our clients a great deal of personal support. We represent both national and international clients. Our client base includes photographers, persons in the public eye, artists and performers, models, private individuals in addition to agencies and companies.

Press law and
personality rights

The areas of press law and personality rights directly affect companies, celebrities, artists, performers and private individuals as these areas deal with unauthorised, illegal or unwanted reporting in the media.

Copyright and
media law

The provisions laid out in the Copyright Law protect the intellectual property of creators of text, music, pictures and cinematographic works. Our clients include artists and photographers as well as agencies and companies.


Trademarks are central to the economic success of a company and offer a decisive competitive edge. Among other things, trademark law regulates the branding of products, services, companies and intellectual works.


Competition law

In particular the German Act on Unfair Competition (UWG) regulates the fair co-existence of market participants as they compete for customers and protects against unfair practices by the competition.


Personal information is now a significant economic asset and in connection with “Big Data” the basis for effective marketing. Companies collect and process more and more personal data.

IT-Compliance, License audits, Youth Protection, DMCA-Agent

It is becoming increasingly important for both companies and entrepreneurs under liability aspects to ensure proper handling of data, digital documents software and its licenses.


The team is made up of 4 lawyers who complement each other in the best possible way to the advantage of the client. Our Kanzlei distinguishes itself through our strong commitment to service, our all-out practical approach and the individual support we provide to our clients.

The Kanzlei successfully represents national and international clients in legal action both in and out of court. Our clients include:

  • Media companies from Germany and the USA
  • Advertisers and tradespeople predominately in the area of trademark and competition law
  • Photography, Internet and model agencies
  • Photographers
  • Public figures
  • Catwalk and part-time models
  • Artists and performers
  • Recipients of cease-and-desist orders
  • Private individuals and companies who are affected by media coverage
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Dr. Daniel Kötz

As a Specialist Lawyer for Copyright and Media Law and a Specialist Lawyer for Industrial Property Rights, Dr. Kötz successfully represents national and international clients. He specialises in particular in right of personal portrayal, personality and copyright in addition to competition and trademark law.

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Jens K. Fusbahn

As a Specialist Lawyer for Copyright and Media Law, Jens Klaus Fusbahn works primarily in the area of intellectual property and the media. In addition to all areas of copyright and media law, his specialist areas also include matters pertaining to industrial property protection, in particular trademark law and competition law.

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Walburga Baronin van Hövell

Since taking up her position at Kötz law firm, she has developed the special areas of competition law and representing parties who have received cease-and-desist orders. A further key area in which she is active is trademark law.

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Bita Foroghi

Bita Foroghi LL.M.oec. has expanded the Kanzlei team in 2013. Mrs. Foroghi finished her education in May 2012 and added a Master of Law in Cologne, where she specialised in Intellectual Property Law, Copyright and Antitrust Law.


Our client understanding
and fees

We foster a dialogue-based partnership with our clients. For us, taking on a mandate means that we place your case right at the centre of our deliberations and work with you to develop the ideal solution.


Fehlerhafte Abmahnung - zur Kostentragung verurteilt

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Wer eine urheberrechtliche Abmahnung ausspricht, muss dies den Erfordernissen des § 97a UrhG entsprechend tun. Ist die Abmahnung fehlerhaft, muss der Abmahner – ob er in der Sache Recht hat oder nicht – die Anwaltskosten des Abgemahnten tragen. So wurde mit Urteil vom 5. Oktober 2016 ein Abmahner vom Amtsgericht Augsburg (Az. 14 C 2794/16) dazu verurteilt, die durch die Inanspruchnahme unserer Kanzlei entstandenen Kosten zu erstatten – denn die vorgeschlagene Unterlassungserklärung ging zu weit.

Angemessene Vergütung für Journalisten - € 20.000,00

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Die Kanzlei Kötz Fusbahn führte mehrere Musterverfahren zur Frage, welche Vergütung für Journalisten an Tageszeitungen zu zahlen ist. Zwei der Verfahren wurden vom Bundesgerichtshof (BGH) mit Urteilen vom 21. Mai 2015 final entschieden – jeweils mit der Folge, dass die Tageszeitungen nennenswerte Beträge nachzahlen mussten.

Soeben hat Dr. Daniel Kötz für einen Journalisten im Nachgang zu diesen Verfahren einen Vergleich vor dem Landgericht Köln (Az.: 14 O 50/13) dahingehend abschließen können, dass der Verlag an den Mandanten der Kanzlei rd. € 20.000,00 nachzuzahlen hat. Gegenstand des Vergleichs waren zahlreiche Beiträge und Fotografien in einer Zeitung; gemessen an den Richtlinien, die vom BGH aufgestellt wurden, war einiges nachzuzahlen. Anstatt aber ein weiteres Urteil zu “fangen”, ließ sich die beklagte Zeitung auf einen Vergleich ein.


Gleichnamige: wer bekommt die Domains?

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Namensträgers haben nach der Rechtsprechung des BGH ein berechtigtes Interesse, unter unter allen üblichen Eingabevarianten des eigenen  Namens im Internet auffindbar zu sein. Sie müssen sich grundsätzlich nicht auf anderslautende Top-Level-Domain – wie etwa .eu verweisen lassen. Was aber, wenn die Domains schon blockiert sind, was wenn Gleichnamige ihrerseits ein Interesse an der Domain haben: Lesen Sie unseren aktuellen Überblick.