Dr. 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. He also frequently advises on matters involving provider liability.
Martin Schaefer advises and represents numerous companies and associations from the media industries on developing industrial property rights strategies. He represents his clients in court and out of court. He also advises in copyright policy issues, 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 Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI) Germany, an elected member of the Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) Expert Committee for Copyright Law, and 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. He teaches at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center and acts as a honorary trustee for the Karl-Foerster-Foundation.
Martin Schaefer has authored or co-authored numerous monographs and articles on copyright matters. Among his more recent publications, he has co-authored the country entry “Germany” in Lindner/Shapiro: Copyright in the Information Society (Cheltenham/Northampton 2019), the entry on “Collective Rights Administration in the International Context” in Moser/Scheuermann/Drücke (ed.), Handbook of the Music Industry, 7th edition, Munich 2018. Furthermore, Mr. Schaefer contributes to two leading commentaries on the Germany Copyright Act, namely Fromm/Nordemann: Urheberrecht, 12th edition, Stuttgart 2018 and Wandtke/Bullinger, Praxiskommentar zum Urheberrecht, 5th edition, Munich 2019.