… awarded as TOP commercial law firm 2018 in the field of media and press (FOCUS list of law firms 2018)

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. Based on the recommandations of business and corporate lawyers we have been awarded as TOP commercial law firm 2018 in the field of media and press (FOCUS list of law firms 2018).

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.

EU Representative – Art. 27 GDPR

As you will be aware, effective May 25th, 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation hands out a set of new rules, one of which being the obligation to designate a EU-Representative when doing business within the EU – regardless of one’s own location. Only one Representative is required for all of the EU.

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. He is a E.U. representative for non-E.U.-companies under the GDPR and acts as a DMCA-Agent for major Internet sites.

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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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Dustin Dawirs

Dustin Dawirs berät und vertritt Mandanten in verschiedenen Bereichen des gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes. Seine Schwerpunkte liegen sowohl in der wettbewerbsrechtlichen Beratung von Unternehmen, als auch in der außergerichtlichen und gerichtlichen Durchsetzung von wettbewerbsrechtlichen Ansprüchen und Urheberrechten.

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.


TOP Wirtschaftskanzlei 2021 Medien & Presse und Marken

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Auch 2021 ist die KANZLEI KÖTZ FUSBAHN Rechtsanwälte als eine von Deutschlands TOP Wirtschaftskanzleien für Medien- und Presserecht und für Markenrecht ausgezeichnet worden:

Über diese Auszeichnung in unseren Kernkompetenzen als Fachanwälte für Urheber- und Medienrecht und für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz freuen wir uns sehr.

Die Marke Arzt! Ein Service
der Kanzlei Kötz Fusbahn

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Die Marke ist ein gewerbliches Schutzrecht. Aber selbstverständlich können auch Freiberufler wie Ärzte und andere Heilberufler Marken anmelden und verwenden. Schon 2005 riet das Ärzteblatt, Eindruck zu hinterlassen – mit einer Marke.  Dr. Oetker war Chemiker, Dr. Hauschka auch. Und während der eine mit „Backin“ seine Karriere begann, machte der andere in Arzneimittelherstellung. Beides sind heute berühmte Marken. Doch ein Arzt muss natürlich nicht seinen eigenen Namen zur Marke machen – er kann es aber.

€ 5.000,00 wegen unzulässiger Bildnisnutzung

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Das Arbeitsgericht Münster verurteilte eine Universität zur Zahlung einer hohen Entschädigung an eine Frau dunkler Hautfarbe. Ihr Bildnis war für Werbezwecke gebraucht worden, wozu die Klägerin keine Einwilligung gegeben hatte. Das besondere war, dass das Bildnis der Klägerin nicht nur eingesetzt worden ist um zu zeigen, wer bei ihr beschäftigt ist, sondern insbesondere um deutlich zu machen, dass die Universität besonders divers aufgestellt sei. Diese positive Diskriminierung wollte die Klägerin nicht hinnehmen.