Attorney at law
Internal counsel of BFF
[Association of Freelance Photographers]
Member of the Administrative Council of VG Bild-Kunst
[Collecting Society Picture-Art]
On 1st July 2002 the âBill to enhance the contractual position of creators and performing artistsâ has entered into force. A first analysis of the chances resulting from the Reform Act for photographers and designers can be down-loaded here as PDF document.
The new Copyright Contract Law - only available in German (Acrobat Reader is required)
Important legal judgements for photographers and designers
Some commentaries dealing with new important legal judgements for photographers and designers can be down-loaded as PDF document in the German section of this website. They are all only available in the German language.
Law of contract relating to contracts for work and licence agreements of freelance artists also including drafting the agreements
The copyright of picture authors and others artists, allied legal areas (for example the right to oneâ€™s own portrait)
Recognition as an artist by the taxation authorities; value added tax (sales tax) for self-employed artists
Inclusion as artists in the Social Security Fund for Artists, defensive action against payment of social security contributions by the users
Recognition as an artist by the Craft Chamber, possibilty of practising a craft without a master craftsman certificate
The following publications are all only available in the German (partially Czech) language. Titles have been translated for information only.
Wolfgang Maassen (Editor)
Basic knowledge for freelance designers
3rd completely revised and extended edition 2003
Pyramide Verlag, Duesseldorf, ISBN 3-934482-04-X
Costing assistants for calculating design fees (includes a CD-ROM)
1st edition 2002
Pyramide Verlag Duesseldorf, ISBN 3-934482-03-1
Wolfgang Maassen/Margarete May
Specimen contracts, forms and letters for freelance designers (includes a CD ROM)
1st edition 2000
Pyramide Verlag Duesseldorf, ISBN 3-934482-02-3
Art or Craft?
The dividing line between artistic and craft activity as drawn by taxation law, the law relating to crafts, the law on social security insurance for artists and by other legal areas
3rd revised and expanded edition 2001
C.F. MĂĽller Verlag, Heidelberg, ISBN 3-8114-0868-2
Wolfgang Maassen (Editor)
The BFF Manual for freelance photographers, students and assistants,
for all those who are already self-employed and for those who wish to become so
2nd revised edition 2000
Bund Freischaffender Foto-Designer, Stuttgart, ISBN 3-933989-02-7
Contracts â€“ Specimen contracts, forms and letters
The BFF Manual for photographers, picture libraries, advertising agencies, representatives and everyone involved with photographers
1st edition 2001
Bund Freischaffender Foto-Designer, Stuttgart, ISBN 3-933989-11-6
Wolfgang Maassen (Vydal)
ZĂˇkladni ZnalostĂ A Strategie
ĂşspesnĂ©ho zalozenĂ a vedeni samostatnĂ© fotografickĂ© cinnosti pro studenty, profesionĂˇlnĂ fotografy a jejich asistenty
Asociace FotografĂş (AF), Praha 2002
Thomas Drebusch/Wolfgang Maassen
Costing system for calculating design fees (includes a CD-ROM)
Bund Deutscher Grafik-Designer [German Graphic Designers Association], 1997
Quotation of pictures in court decisions and juridical publications
Published in: Zeitschrift fĂĽr Urheber und Medienrecht [Periodical for Copyright and Media Law], 2003, page 830 et seq.
Copyright problems surrounding the electronic processing of images
Published in: Zeitschrift fĂĽr Urheber und Medienrecht [Periodical for Copyright and Media Law], 1992, page 338 et seq.
The Future of Professional Associations
Considerations regarding the professionalization of association work taking the German Graphic Designers Association as an example
Published in: â€śEhrenamt in der Kulturâ€ť by Deutscher Kulturrat [German Cultural Council]
1st edition 1996, page 207 et seq.
Attorney at law
Dr. Wolfgang Maassen
PO Box 31 01 45
+49 (0)2 11 40 40 37
+49 (0)2 11 40 78 01
My law firm is located in Duesseldorf-Kaiserswerth which is in the northern part of the city.
You can find the exact location of my office and the approach roads by car on the map of the city of Duesseldorf. By clicking on the small map you have a link to the website of the city of Duesseldorf. There you can click on â€śStadtplanâ€ť to obtain the map and enter the address of my law firm: â€śKreuzbergstrasse 1â€ť.
Access by tram
Take tram no. U 79 to the stop called â€śKlemensplatzâ€ť