Martin Schaefer works primarily in the field of intellectual property, including copyright contract law. He is especially active in the fields of music, literature, visual arts, science, software, and games). Music industry matters and collective and individual administration of rights form a key part of his work. This includes, in particular, the law concerning collecting societies (e.g. in GEMA and ZPÜ matters) and agencies. He also frequently advises on matters involving provider liability, privacy law (data protection), electronic media law, and trade mark law.
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Martin Schaefer advises and represents numerous companies and associations from the media and music industry on developing industrial property rights strategies. He represents his clients in court and before the arbitration panel for copyright matters. He also advises them on how to protect their interests in copyright policy, as well as on the development of pioneering projects related to intellectual property law.
Martin Schaefer is an elected member of the Board of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI) Deutschland, an elected member of the Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) Expert Committee for Copyright Law, and chairman of the Advisory Board of the German Music Archive at the German National Library. He is a co-chairman of the “International Chapter” of the Copyright Society of the United States and also acts as a trustee. He teaches at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (He sits on the Academic Advisory Board of the Zeitschrift für Urheber- und Medienrecht (Journal of Copyright and Media Law), and acts as a trustee for the Karl-Foerster-Foundation.
Martin Schaefer has authored or co-authored numerous monographs and articles on copyright matters in journals and other publications. He is also co-author of the Fromm/Nordemann copyright commentary, as well as Wandtke/Bullinger: Praxiskommentar zum Urheberrecht (Wandtke/Bullinger: Practical Commentary on Copyright Law) and Moser/Scheuermann: Handbuch der Musikwirtschaft (Moser/Scheuermann: Music Industry Handbook).
JUVE Handbuch 2015/2016 lists him as a frequently recommended lawyer for contract and copyright law. Best Lawyers 2018 also includes him in a select list of IP specialists.