Gerlachs v DVU

Background information

In the summer of 2010, the plaintiff took a picture of the German politician Thilo Sarrazin at a public event and published it online under a Creative Commons ShareAlike license. Later the DVU, a German political party, used the picture on their website without the plaintiff's name, the license notice, or a link to the original work.

Case summary

The photographer sent a takedown notice to the political party, which was ignored. Subsequently, the photographer sought an injunction preventing the DVU from continuing to use the photograph. The court ruled that the DVU’s use was not in compliance with the CC license and granted the injunction.

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