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GRAEF Rechtsanwälte

Media > Entertainment

GRAEF Rechtsanwälte offers 'excellent advice on data protection, trademark and copyright law' and has ' immense expertise in media law, film, TV and video games'. Especially in relation to video games law, the practice is considered 'one of Germany's top boutiques'. Ralph Oliver Graef's team excels, among other matters, in assisting with numerous international motion picture productions and representing clients in proceedings pertaining to filming and music rights as well as copyright disputes. Christian Rauda is well respected in the video games industry.

Practice head(s):


‘Christian Rauda is always available, even at weekends, and he is very efficient in his way of working. Rock solid. Precise. Kindhearted. A smooth customer, procedurally and substantively not just an ace, but always with an ace up his sleeve (usually even with an ace up each sleeve)! ‘

‘Communication with the GRAEF team is excellent. Answers come quickly, are short, concise and solutions are always pragmatic. The team always works in a time-effective and solution-oriented manner.’

‘Christian Rauda is an extremely competent, productive and friendly partner. He is always reliable, on-point and the cooperation is always pragmatic and goal-oriented. His expertise and his excellent knowledge of our industry with its special needs is unique.’

‘The company is ready to help with any issue or matter in the field, whether it be working with a team within the company or answering specific questions. In addition, GRAEF is very accessible compared to other firms and you become part of the same family, so to speak. ‘

‘Christian Rauda and Werner Jansen are always approachable and helpful. Their legal advice is clear and to the point and consistent with business practice. Their relationship with the authorities is good and they are always helpful in dealing with them.’

‘One of the top German boutiques for gaming law. Always very close to the computer and video game market as well as new technologies and trends. Lots of flair and sensitivity for the legal challenges of the games industry. Excellent advice, especially in data protection, trademark and copyright law. ‘

‘Christian Rauda is one of the most sought-after lawyers in gaming law. He knows the industry and understands the challenges. He is close to the current legislation and the constantly changing rules of the big platforms and gatekeepers. Christian Rauda advises competently, unerringly and without frills. As a game developer or publisher, you are in the best of hands with him. ‘

‘Reinhard Höbelt: Competent, quick, good advisor, looks for client-oriented solutions and always finds one.’

Key clients

Argon Verlag AVE GmbH

artnet AG

Daedalic Entertainment GmbH

DOCDAYS Productions GmbH

dropkick pictures UG

ESL Gaming GmbH

Fraktion der Freien Demokraten im Bundestag

Filmfest Hamburg gGmbH

Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH

flow:fwd GmbH

InnoGames GmbH

Kiez Tournee GmbH & Co. KG

MORE Marketing/Radio Hamburg

Murmann Publishers GmbH

Nachlass Michael Ende

Oxford University Press

PATRIZIA Immobilien AG

Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe GmbH

SmileyWorld Limited

Stadt Duisburg

Stillfront Group AB

The Astrid Lindgren Company AB

The world of Neuschwansteiner GmbH & Co. KG

Tiger Media Deutschland GmbH

Ulysses Filmproduktion GmbH

updressed GmbH

Verlagsgruppe Oetinger

Yari Film Group



The firm

GRAEF Rechtsanwälte was founded by Dr Ralph Oliver Graef in September 2008. The firm has specialised since day one in entertainment, media and IP, in particular film and television, press and publishing, and computer games. The firm’s presence has been continuously increased in neighbouring areas such as IT and data protection and staffed accordingly.

Areas of practice

GRAEF Rechtsanwälte, located in Hamburg and Berlin, specialises in high-end legal advice on complex matters in the areas of media, entertainment and intellectual property. All attorneys draw on many years of industry experience in various media sectors. Clients are leading German and international media companies such as film producers, rights traders, television stations including IPTV, book and magazine publishers, advertising agencies, publishers of computer games, internet companies and lifestyle companies. The firm also represents celebrities and companies in protecting their privacy and publicity rights in libel and slander cases, as well as artists, including authors, actors, directors, photographers, designers, game developers, etc, in protecting their creative works.

GRAEF Rechtsanwälte is recommended by the leading directories for attorneys, JUVE and The Legal 500, for the areas of news media and publishing and TV, film and entertainment (The Legal 500 directory, JUVE Directory of Commercial Law Firms, Legal Experts Europe, Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers). Dr Ralph Oliver Graef has been recognised as one of Germany’s best attorneys in entertainment law (Deutschlands beste Anwälte) by Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers in 2013 until 2021.

Apart from regular articles, the firm has been extensively writing legal handbooks for leading German publisher of law books Beck Verlag, and has contributed to leading commentaries such as: Recht der E-Books und Electronic Publishing, Beck Verlag, 2016; Rechtssichere Werbung, Haufe Verlag, 2. Auflage 2014 (1. Auflage 2009); Schutz des Presseverlegers, §§ 87 f-h, Möhring/Nicolini, Urheberrecht, Kommentar, 3. Auflage 2014; Recht der Computerspiele, C.H. Beck, 1. Auflage 2013.


Media and entertainment (film and TV, publishing, games) Dr Ralph Oliver Graef, Dr. Christian Rauda
Copyright Dr Ralph Oliver Graef, Dr. Christian Rauda, Werner Jansen
Press Dr Ralph Oliver Graef
Trademarks and intellectual property Dr Ralph Oliver Graef, Dr. Christian Rauda, Sebastian Paul
Unfair competition law Dr Christian Rauda, Reinhard Höbelt
Internet and e-commerce Dr. Christian Rauda, Werner Jansen
IT Dr. Christian Rauda, Werner Jansen
Data protection Dr. Christian Rauda, Werner Jansen
Ralph Oliver Graef photoDr Ralph Oliver GraefDR. RALPH OLIVER GRAEF, LL.M. (NEW YORK UNIVERSITY) is Managing Partner of…
Werner Jansen photo Werner JansenSpecialist attorney for copyright and media law
Sebastian Paul photo Sebastian PaulLawyer
Christian Rauda photoDr Christian RaudaDR. CHRISTIAN RAUDA is a specialist attorney for intellectual property law, a…
Timo Rosenkranz photo Timo RosenkranzOf Counsel
Fabian Stößer photo Fabian Stößer
Carolin von Waldthausen photo Carolin von WaldthausenAttorney at law, specialist in family law
Number of lawyers : 7
at this office : 7
International Association of Entertainment Lawyers
Media Law Resource Center
Other offices : Berlin