Raue LLP is one of the leading media law firms in Germany. Our clients include publishing houses, media companies, broadcasting and internet enterprises, collecting societies, as well as movie production companies, whom we advise on all matters of intellectual property, regulatory issues, and media policy. Moreover, we advise investors and startup companies in the media industry on transactions. Where matters of press law and copyright law are concerned, we represent our clients in out-of-court dispute resolution proceedings as well as before the courts. Our lawyers have long-standing experience, excellent industry knowledge, and an in-depth understanding of the specific interests and needs of media enterprises, both in the traditional and digital economy.

In addition, Raue LLP has been representing enterprises of the telecommunications industry for many years, in particular in those areas in which telecommunications regulation, anti-trust law, and civil law intersect. We have obtained landmark decisions by regulatory authorities and courts for our clients.

Focus Areas

Media

  • Advising and representing media companies in all matters of media law, in particular with regard to press law and copyright issues
  • Advising collecting societies
  • Advising enterprises and private individuals on matters of media policy and media strategy
  • Dispute resolution and litigation, in particular in the fields of press law, publishing law, copyright law, the laws governing unfair competition, and trademark law
  • Structuring of agreements
  • Advising international media enterprises on the requirements stipulated by German media law (including the requirements of the laws governing the protection of minors and of data protection law)

Telecommunications

  • Representing telecommunications companies in proceedings before the Federal Network Agency
  • Representing telecommunications companies in proceedings brought for a judicial review of regulatory decisions, in civil disputes, including fee-related cases, and in claims brought for violations of anti-trust law
  • Structuring of agreements with respect to regulatory requirements

Rankings

Media

  • Ranked for TMT: Media in Germany, Chambers Europe 2017
  • “Strong reputation in the field of media litigation. Also recommended for libel, copyright, licensing and freedom of speech matters.“ Chambers Europe 2017
  • “They stand out with excellent legal and industry knowledge, client and practice-oriented advice as well as great self reliance.“ Client/Competitor, Chambers Europe 2017
  • One of the leading practices in press law, (tier 1), JUVE Handbook 2016/2017
  • Frequently recommended law firm for media/contracts & copyrights, JUVE Handbook 2016/2017
  • “The practice remains true to ist tradition of standing on the side of content owners. This contributes to its very clear market profile.” JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017
  • “This highly recommended firm for media maintains its market position with a wide-ranging team.” JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017
  • “The team is advising on a number of protracted cases that are relevant to the media sector.” JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017
  • “Absolutely outstanding advice.” Clients/Competitors, Legal 500 EMEA 2016
  • “The lawyers delivered excellent results for us. They are fast, circumspect and have an international perspective.” Clients/Competitors, Chambers Europe 2016
  • Ranked for Media – Press and Publishing in Germany, Legal 500 EMEA 2016
  • Ranked for TMT: Media in Germany, Chambers Europe 2016
  • “Best known for its successful press law practice, where it counts a number of key players in the German publishing industry amongst its clients,” Chambers Europe 2015
  • Ranked for media law: press and publishing law, Legal 500 Germany 2015
  • Designated “Law Firm of the Year 2014 for media and technology” by the publishers of the monthly industry magazine “Rechtsmarkt,” JUVE, the leading publishing firm in the market

Telecommunications

  • Ranked for Telecommunications, JUVE Handbook 2016/2017
  • Ranked for Telecommunications/Regulatory, Legal 500 Germany 2016
  • “Is well known in the market for regulatory disputes”, JUVE Handbook 2015/2016

REFERENCES

Media

  • Representing VG Media in proceedings against Google and other search engines before the arbitration board regarding the ancillary copyright law of press Publishers
  • Representing German copyright collecting society GEMA in appeal proceedings regarding YouTube blocking Messages
  • Advising and representing Axel Springer SE and subsidiary companies on press law matters
  • Representing Axel Springer SE in a landmark case before the Federal High Court of Justice (BGH) on pre-formulated terms and conditions in copyright license Agreements
  • Representing private TV and radio stations in disputes on fees for cable transmission