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Dr. Martin von Albrecht

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Martin von Albrecht is a partner in the Berlin office and a member of the media and entertainment practice group. He has extensive experience in advising leading German and international clients on all aspects of copyright and media law in the areas of film, television, radio and online platforms.

He has special know-how in the field of licensing music rights for television stations, radio stations and online platforms via collecting societies. A further focus is consulting in connection with the distribution of content by means of retransmission and on demand (video-on-demand, music-on-demand). In addition, he also covers IT legal issues in this context.

He is recommended in the JUVE Handbook, Chambers Europe, Legal 500, Media Law International and Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt as a recognized practitioner in media law. In Chambers Europe 2019, he is named as an "excellent lawyer" in the first tier, who is "known for his expertise in media law."

Professional Background

Martin von Albrecht joined K&L Gates in January 2007. Between 2002 and 2006 he was head of the media & entertainment industry group of another international law firm. Prior to this, he worked for nine years as a legal advisor for leading German film and television companies. Since 2015 he has been a specialist lawyer for information technology law.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL)
  • GRUR Society for Intellectual Property and Copyright Law

Additional Information

Martin von Albrecht regularly publishes articles on copyright law and gives lectures on copyright topics.

  • Judgment note on OLG Braunschweig Judgment of 17.04.2019 - forwarding in a WEG with partially rented apartments, ZUM 2019, Issue 10 (October 2019) Co-author: Dr. Olaf Fiss
  • v. Hartlieb/Schwarz: Handbuch des Film-, Fernseh- und Videorechts, 6.A., five chapters on collecting societies, published end 2019. Co-author: Dr. Olaf Fiss
  • Heine/Holzmüller: Commentary on the German Collecting Societies Act, 1st edition, commentary on §§ 41, 42, 43, 128, 129, 130 and 131, to be published at the end of 2019. Co-author: Dr. Olaf Fiss
  • The Murphy decision and its impact on online sports and film licenses. The exclusive territorial allocation of rights is not a model of the past! ZUM 2/2012, p. 93 f., Coauthors: Dr. Annette Mutschler-Siebert and Dr. Tobias Bosch
  • GEMA tariff reform and appropriate remuneration for clubs, K&R 12, 2012, p. 777 f.
    , Dr. Martin von Albrecht, Olaf Fiss and Dr. Sophia Sepperer
  • Practice of rights allocation in the online area, ZUM 10/2011, p. 706 f.
  • Representing VAUNET in the negotiation and conclusion of collective agreements with music collecting societies for the radio and television sector and certain online uses (Video on Demand; Music on Demand)
  • Representation of a new German TV platform in negotiations on license agreements with licensors of music rights and with collecting societies
  • Representation of VG Media in a landmark case before the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht) in Munich concerning the participation of broadcasters in the remuneration for private copies on the basis of European Directive 2001/29/EC
  • Representation of the industry association VAUNET in proceedings before the Copyright Arbitration Board in Munich concerning GEMA's online tariff for music-on-demand financed by advertising with the aim of finding an adequate tariff agreement.
  • Representing the TV and video-on-demand platform in licensing negotiations with rights owners on the redistribution and licensing of rights
  • Representing a broadcaster and a video streaming platform in copyright litigation initiated by a US composer with subsequent settlement
  • Representation of VG Media in a fundamental proceeding on online video recorders before the Higher Regional Court of Dresden and the Copyright Arbitration Board on the question of whether the online video recorder can be operated without the consent of the broadcasting companies
  • Advising an international media company on questions of media and copyright law, including distribution issues, the protection of minors and data protection
  • Advising an international music streaming platform in the area of media law and music law clearance
  • Advising a British sports federation in connection with an OTT offer with regard to Brexit with regard to media and copyright law
  • Representing VG Media against a WEG in proceedings before the Braunschweig Higher Regional Court on the question of whether the forwarding constitutes a public communication
  • Advising an international media group on the negotiation of comprehensive merchandising agreements with a well-known football player
  • Advising an international broadcasting chain on copyright and media law distribution issues as well as remuneration claims of English, German and Austrian collecting societies, in particular in the context of a Brexit scenario
  • Representation of a large German sports association in copyright criminal proceedings against the operators of an illegal streaming portal with arrest and realization of damages