The Higher Regional Court of Koblenz decided in a verdict published on Tuesday that when a relationship finished, intimate material should be deleted - if one of the ex-partners asked for it to be.
The case involved a couple from the Lahn-Dill region in Hesse in central Germany. The man, a photographer, had made erotic videos and taken many intimate photos during the course of the relationship, all of which the woman had given her consent to, even taking some herself.
But when the couple separated she demanded he delete all of the videos and pictures in which she appeared.
The court agreed, stating the consent to use and own privately recorded nude pictures could be withdrawn by the ex-partner on the grounds of personal rights, which are valued higher than the ownership rights of the photographer.
But it also decided that the woman’s ex-partner did not need to delete the photos and films that show the woman clothed.
These have “little, if any capacity” to compromise the claimant, the judge stressed in a statement.
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