Piet Bubenzer

Piet Bubenzer


Tel.: +49 (0) 69 972 65 60-40
Fax: +49 (0) 69 972 65 60-99
Languages: German, English

Piet Bubenzer (48), Partner, is a certified specialist attorney for copyright and media law ("Fachanwalt für Urheber- und Medienrecht"). He is active as a litigator in matters of unfair competition, copyright and license agreements (including those for patents and trademarks). Formerly general counsel of an international media company, Piet has much experience and a wide-ranging expertise in the fields of copyright, media, and entertainment law at his disposal. Piet Bubenzer leads the firm's practice group for copyright and media law.

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  • Litigation for manufacturers of infant nutrition, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals in multiple matters of unfair competition.
  • Anti-piracy litigation for IP-owners.
  • Litigation over protection of trade secrets and know-how.
  • Counsel on legal aspects of the entertainment and media industry (music, film/television, press/print, photo, advertisement & promotion, e-commerce, sports, etc.) as related to copyright law and media, publishing, press-, personality-and celebrity and merchandising;
  • Focus on legal and economic aspects of content licensing for multimedia, internet and wireless business from copyright owners, publishers and collection societies;
  • Litigation in the fields of unfair competition, trademark and license agreements representing, inter alia, MSP´s at the Copyright Tribunal in arbitration matters adverse to copyright collective societies over tariffs;
  • Advice in the context of M&A transactions, in particular with respect to advising on issues of liability, risk, transferability and due diligence/appraisal of IP/IT assets.

Selected Matters / Projects

  • Counsel to Vodafone and other leading telecommunication companies and to Pandora Media in the area of content licensing;
  • Counsel to Jamba!/Fox Mobile Distribution in copyright and media law, inter alia representation in litigation against CELAS;
  • Advice to Deutsche Grammophon in matters of copyright licensing and contracts;
  • Representation of Vodafone and other leading telecommunication companies at the German copyright tribunal in arbitration against collection societies in disputes over online- and mobile tariffs;
  • Representation of Napster in unfair competition litigation and in the first known case to obtain a court order to prohibit a technology circumventing DRM-measures in Germany, counsel to Napster in areas of e-commerce law and data protection laws;
  • Representing Milupa, a leading producer of infant-nutrition, in litigation over unfair competition and food law;
  • Representation of companies of the Heraeus-Group in litigation over unfair competition in the areas of medical devices and over protection of trade secrets and know-how;
  • Counsel to the Elite-Cycling-Team HTC-Highroad, successor of the Team T-Mobile, in the areas of sponsoring, in media and press law and with regard to multiple sports-related legal questions;
  • Involved as an IP-Expert in the merger of Sony Music's/BMG' recorded-music groups (2004), acquisition of a leading computer games/entertainment producer by a private equity investor (2008), in the joint-venture of the French mediagroup Banijay and the German Brainpool-Group (2009) and as the German Due Diligence Counsel in the context of the acquisition of EMI Music by Terra Firma (2008 and 2009).

Publications / Lectures

  • „Copyright Law in Europe and Germany & EC-Enforcement Directive" - Lecture given at the International Symposium on IP & IT Law, China University of Political Science and Law, Peking (2009);
  • "One step forward, two steps back - Die Rechteklärung für Mobile Content ist schwieriger denn je" ("One step forward, two steps back - Rights Clearance for mobile content is has become tougher than ever") - Article in Mobile Kompass 2009 - the Compendium of the German Mobile Market, published by BVDW (2009);
  • „Global Licensing in der Musikwirtschaft - Strukturen und aktuelle Probleme der grenzüberschreitenden Lizenzierung von musikalischen Urheber- und Leistungsschutzrechten" ("Global Licensing in the music industry - Structures and issues of cross-boarder licensing of copyrights and neighboring rights") - Lecture given at the 4th Darmstadt Information Law Day (2008);
  • „Nach Music-on-Demand nun Video-on-Demand" ("First Music-on-Demand now Video-on-Demand") - Lecture given at the 3rd Darmstadt Information Law Day (2007);
  • "Online-Auswertung von Musik: Urheberrechtliche Grundlagen und vertragliche Praxis" („Online-exploitation of music: copyright basics and contractual practices"), together with Dr. Stefan Ventroni in: „www.musikverkaufen.de - Die digitale Musikwirtschaft" („www.musikverkaufen.de - The digital music business");
  • "Musikvertragsrecht" ("Music Entertainment Law") - Lectures given at seminar for specialized lawyers in the areas of copyright and media law (since 2005 till today);
  • „Urheberrecht in der Insolvenz" ("Copyright in Insolvency-Proceedings") - Article together with Dr. jur. Westrick in "Festschrift für Paul W. Hertin", Beck 2000.

Membership / Appointments

  • Member of the Legal Committee of German IFPI group (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) (1999 - 2004);
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the German Society for Phonographic Performing Rights, GVL (Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Leistungsschutzrechten mbH) (2001 - 2004);
  • Deputy chairman of the Fachanwaltsausschuss Urheber- und Medienrecht (committee for copyright & media law specialists) of the Frankfurt bar (since end of 2006);
  • Member of the German Association on IP Law (GRUR);
  • Member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL);
  • Member of the Association litteréraire et artistique internationale (ALAI);
  • Piet Bubenzer teaches and gives lectures in the degree program "Information Law" at the University of Applied Science Darmstadt.

Career / Education

  • Founding partner of Klinkert (2010);
  • Partner at Heymann & Partner (2007-2009);
  • European Counsel at Jones Day (2005 - January 2007);
  • Vice President Business & Legal Affairs, member of the management board of Sony Music Entertainment Germany (2001 - end of 2004);
  • Admission to the law department of Sony Music Entertainment Germany (1998 - 2001);
  • First admission to the bar in 1996 and private practice in litigation, copyright and entertainment law in Bochum (1996 - 1998);
  • Legal training with delegations to Berlin and Frankfurt (Second State Exam, 1996);
  • Ruhr-University Bochum (First State Exam, 1994).