Dr. Stefan Freytag

Dr. Stefan Freytag

Partner | Attorney at Law

Dr. Stefan Freytag is one of the most experienced and renowned lawyers for copyright, media and e-commerce law in Germany. His clients, most of whom have been with him for many years, include leading German and international companies in the publishing and media industry and successful investors in digital business models. He has special expertise and a profound economic understanding of the publishing industry and in the area of e-commerce and digital media, shaped by many years of experience. In addition to advising consumer and trade publishers on all media law aspects of their print and online activities, he specializes in business models on the Internet, where he advises on the implementation of new business models, e.g. on issues of e-commerce and data protection law, cooperation and licensing models, software and database law, as well as on the media and IP law aspects of exits, takeovers and other transactions. He has many years of experience in out-of-court conflict resolution and in representing his clients in litigation. He has been highlighted and awarded in attorney and law firm rankings for many years and is the author of numerous copyright and media law publications with a particular focus on issues of liability on the Internet and for user-generated content. He speaks German, English and French. Dr. Freytag is a member of the German Society for Law and Informatics (DGRI) and the Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA).


Publisher & Press
Copyright Law / Copyright Collectives
Data Protection Law
Media Law
Advertising and Social Media
Competition Law
Press Law / Personal Rights Law
Film & TV
Trademark Law / Title Protection Law

  • 1991 – 1996   Law studies at the Universities of Passau, Munich, Toulouse I
  • 1997 – 1999   Legal clerkship in Munich and Bombay
  • 1997 – 1999   Research assistant and fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property
  • 1998   Promotion (summa cum laude) on the subject of “Liability on the Net – Responsibility for Copyright, Trademark and Competition Law Infringements under § 5 TDG and § 5 MDStV”.
  • 2000 – 2011  Attorney at law at Taylor Wessing, since 2003 as partner and 2007 as equity partner
  • seit 2011  Partner at Straßer Ventroni Freytag


Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers 2020/2021

recommended in “Germany’s Best Lawyers” for “Intellectual Property Law”, “Media Law”


JUVE Handbook: Commercial Law Firms 2020/2021

“often recommended” (“Media: Contract and Copyright Law” and in “Media: Transactions and Financing”)


Who’s Who Legal 2020

“Global Leader” in “Data – Information Technology” and “National Leader” in “Germany – Data 2021”


Wirtschaftswoche 43/2020

“the most renowned lawyers for copyright law / special recommended lawyer”


LEGAL 500 2020

Recommendation at rank 2 in the field of “Entertainment


Handelsblatt / Best Lawyers 2019/2020

for “Intellectual Property Law”, “Media Law”.


JUVE Handbook: Commercial Law Firms 2019/2020

“Often recommended” (“Media: Contract and Copyright Law” and in “Media: Transactions and Financing”)


Wirtschaftswoche 44/2019

“the most renowned lawyers for copyright / special recommended lawyer”


JUVE Handbook: Commercial Law Firms 2012/2013

“frequently recommended” for “Media” (“one of the few experts in its field”, client; “proven expertise in the online media sector”, competitor)

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