Dr Martin Soppe advises companies in copyright- and media law-related issues, in license, entertainment and advertisement law and on digitizing their business models.
He focuses on copyright law and licensing agreements in the media sector. He has special expertise in entertainment law related matters, in the area of libel and privacy and in press distribution law.
Martin has been dealing with questions of advertisement law, including unfair competition law, the law of contracts of media planning and advertising agencies for many years. Moreover, he has extensive experience in compliance matters in the media industry.
For more than fourteen years, Martin was working in-house at Gruner + Jahr, a leading European publishing company, where he was Deputy General Counsel for nine years. During his career Martin was dealing with all legal matters of an international media company.
Since joining Osborne Clarke Martin advises and represents companies especially in media (commercial) law related issues in the broadest sense, in entertainment and advertising law and in matters of libel and privacy.
Martin studied law in Hannover and Geneva and completed his clerkship in Hamburg and New York. He worked as a research assistant at the Max-Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Hamburg and participated in Executive Education programmes at the INSEAD and at Harvard Business School.
Martin served as Vice President of the Hamburg Bar for twelve years and chaired the Hamburg Bar’s Committee for the Certification of Copyright and Media Law Lawyers. He is a board member of the Association of Publishing House Counsels and a former chairman of the Legal Committee of the Association of German Magazine Publishers. Moreover, Martin publishes regularly on sector-specific issues.
Best Lawyers and German Handelsblatt list Martin among the Best Lawyers 2020 for Media law and IP law.
Osborne Clarke was awarded JUVE law firm of the year for use of Technology & Media in 2019.
Osborne Clarke advises Taxdoo in Series B funding round with Tiger Global
Osborne Clarke named "Law Firm of the Year Germany 2020", read more
Law Firm of the Year 2019 for IT & Data Protection & Technology
The journal JUVE has twice named the international legal practice Osborne Clarke as the Law Firm of the Year for 2019, read more
IP basics: what to think about when entering the UK and EU markets (trade marks, copyright, designs)
Advertising with sustainability: What companies must legally observe with "sustainability claims" in order to avoid "greenwashing"
Greenwashing in advertising: legal requirements in Germany for claims on environmental protection and sustainability
There are numerous legal pitfalls when companies incorporate sustainability and environmental protection into their advertising claims. What needs to be...
At the beginning of June 2021, the deadline for transposition for the much-debated copyright reform expires. Copyright law is to...
When it comes to media planning and media buying, most advertising companies (advertisers) rely on the services of media agencies...