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 chairman of the advisory board of the German Music Archive in the German National Library, elected member of the board of ALAI Germany and elected member of the GRUR copyright committee. He is co-chairman of the International Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA and teaches at MIPLC. He is also a member of the advisory board of the "Zeitschrift für Urheber- und Medienrecht" and a senior curator of the Karl Foerster Foundation.
Martin Schaefer is also co-author of the copyright commentary "Fromm/Nordemann", "Wandtke/Bullinger: Praxiskommentar zum Urheberrecht" and "Moser/Scheuermann: Handbuch der Musikwirtschaft". He is also the author or co-author of various monographs and numerous articles, especially on copyright issues.
The JUVE Handbook 2017/2018 lists him as a frequently recommended lawyer in contract and copyright law. Best Lawyers 2018 also lists him among the selected IP lawyers.