Copyright and Design Law protect the intellectual performance of a person as well as aesthetic creations (protection of registered designs). While the copyright already arises with the publication of a protectable work, the right to a design is generally acquired not before the application and registration in the register. An exception to this presents the non-registered Union design that grants a protection of three years following the first publication of the design object without registration within the European Union. A distinction is drawn between national, European and international designs.
Copyright Law also includes software protection and the protection of photographic images. The right to one’s personal portrayal originating from the general personality right is regulated in the Art Copyright Law.