Practices and Industries

 

GRAEF Rechtsanwälte, located in Hamburg and Berlin and founded by Ralph Oliver Graef, specializes in high-end legal advice on complex matters in the areas of media law, entertainment law and intellectual property law. Our attorneys draw on many years of industry experience in various media sectors. The film and publishing industries are facing rapid changes and require counsel that masters the convergence of the media and the internationalization of the business. We are accepting this challenge.

Our clients are leading German and international media companies, such as film producers, television stations including IP-TV, distributors and rights traders, book & magazine publishers, advertising agencies, the complete value creation chain of the computer games industry, innovative technology companies and lifestyle companies. We also represent celebrities in protecting their privacy and publicity rights, as well as artists, including authors, actors, photographers, designers, and game developers, in protecting their creative work.

Our task is to protect the intellectual property of our clients in the best possible way and to advise clients on the commercial exploitation of their intellectual property rights from the get-go. We leverage our industry experience by helping our clients develop comprehensive rights exploitation strategies and providing our clients with critical feedback on their plans and ideas. In the event of infringements, we enforce claims with the requisite toughness and resoluteness, without losing sight of the economic interests of our clients.

 

 

Film & Television Law

We advise all parties involved in the production and distribution of a film on all legal issues by negotiating and drafting contracts in the film and television sector, from financing of the film to production and commercial exploitation of the film. Our clients include film production companies and television stations, web-TV and IP-TV stations, video-on-demand platforms, rights brokers and rights agencies and all service providers from the film industry, as well as all creative and above-the-line personnel, such as directors, actors and authors.

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Copyright Law

We advise all parties involved in the production and distribution of a film on all legal issues by negotiating and drafting contracts in the film and television sector, from financing of the film to production and commercial exploitation of the film. Our clients include film production companies and television stations, web-TV and IP-TV stations, video-on-demand platforms, rights brokers and rights agencies and all service providers from the film industry, as well as all creative and above-the-line personnel, such as directors, actors and authors.

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Publishing Law

We advise national and international book and magazine publishers on all questions of publishing law as well as on the protection of trademarks and titles. We provide legal expertise on expanding the product portfolio by licensing merchandising products and adding audio-books and digital offers such as e-books, enhanced e-books, apps or downloads.

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Defamation Law

We represent publishers as well as companies, celebrities and private individuals whose rights have been infringed by broadcasters, internet platforms, publishers or other media companies or by the publication of texts or images. Our daily work involves the enforcement and defense of claims for injunctive relief, retraction, damages, and the publication of opposing viewpoints in accordance with German defamation law. We also assist celebrities and companies with reputation management and litigation PR.

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Theatre Law

We negotiate and draft contracts between producers, actors, directors, performing artists as well as service providers from the theater sector with the requisite understanding of the special nature of the theater and music world.

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Music Law

We negotiate and draft contracts, such as artist agreements, track purchase agreements and advertising agreements. We represent and negotiate and draft contracts for music labels, composers, artists, managers as well as service providers from the music industry.

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IT Law

We represent developers of custom software and standard software, and draft IT agreements for all industries (e.g., software license agreements, software purchase agreements, SAAS agreements). Our clients also include IT service providers. We provide a broad spectrum of services, from drafting and reviewing provider agreements (access, hosting, ASP), agreements for apps, support agreements, system agreements, general terms and conditions, terms of sale, software escrow agreements, and service level agreements, to prosecuting or defending warranty claims when software is defective. We also advise on data privacy and outsourcing issues.

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Computer Games

GRAEF Rechtsanwälte represents numerous companies in the computer gaming industry, including national and international publishers, developers, sound studios, marketing firms and other service providers. We advise clients on the financing of computer games, draft publishing agreements, EULAs and channeling agreements, and resolve any licensing issues that arise. We have extensive industry know-how and offer experience, for example, with boxed games, browser games, client games and mobile games.

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Trademark Law

The protection, licensing and enforcement of trademarks, domain names and other business marks is another important practice area of our firm. We offer strategic advice to our clients in building their trademark portfolio, be it national German trademarks registered with the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA), EU-trademarks registered with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) or international trademarks (IR marks) registered with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

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Internet Law and New Media

We advise innovative technology companies, media companies and creatives on all legal issues arising in connection with the Internet, including domain names, liability on the Internet, general terms and conditions of use and legal notices that are fully in compliance with applicable law, online trading, as well as all content distribution agreements.

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Design Law

We protect the designs of our clients, discourage potential infringers from exploiting the intellectual property of our clients without their consent, and resolutely prosecute any infringements. We draft license agreements for the commercial exploitation of designs in the international licensing industry.

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Data Protection and Privacy

We advise clients on all data protection issues and related data protection obligations owed by companies to regulatory authorities or data subjects. We design data protection policies for company websites, draft third-party data processing agreements in national and international settings, and serve as external data protection officers if requested by clients.

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Unfair Competition Law and Advertising Law

With competition on the rise, competitors closely monitor whether others are in compliance with unfair competition laws. We render opinions on advertising campaigns in terms of their compliance with unfair competition law, and we specialize in attacking as well as defending such campaigns.

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