Prof. Dr. Christian Czychowski

Partner | Attorney at Law (Germany) • Certified Information Technology Lawyer • Certified Copyright and Media Lawyer

Christian Czychowski is an expert in all technology-based areas of contract law, whether that be IT law, patent law and licensing law or the technology-related parts of copyright law. A particular focus of Christian’s expertise has for some years been advising technology companies and IT service providers and guiding them in their implementation of M&A projects and R&D projects as well as with licensing issues. As a pioneer in data law, he also has extensive expertise in all issues concerning the handling of non-personal data. Christian also advises and supports leading research organisations, as well as higher education institutions in R&D cooperations and contracts. He also uses his related expertise not least to contribute as a member of the respective working group at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. In addition to law, Christian Czychowski also studied musicology. In light of that background, he also takes time to advise orchestras, musicians and artists, many of whom are of global renown. His affinity with science can be seen not least in the honorary professorship bestowed upon him by the Law Faculty at the University of Potsdam, as well as in the lectures he gives, including one of the first MOOCs on IT law at the Hasso Plattner Institute. 

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  • Publications


    • Co-editor and co-author of “Fromm/Nordemann“, Copyright Law [“Fromm/Nordemann”, Urheberrecht] 
    • Co-editor and co-author of “Bröcker/Czychowski/Schäfer: Handbook Intellectual Property in the Internet” [Bröcker/Czychowski/Schäfer: Handbuch Geistiges Eigentum im Internet”] 
    • Author of numerous chapters in the standard work Loewenheim: Manual of Copyright” [LoewenheimHandbuch des Urheberrechts] 
    • Co-author in the field of copyright contract law in “Munich Contract Handbook [Münchener Vertragshandbuch] 
    • Co-author in the field of information technology in the “Handbook for Computer Law” [Computerrechts-Handbuch] (ed. Taeger/Pohle/Kilian/Heussen)
    • Co-author in the field of intellectual property rights in the standard work “Munich Lawyers’ Handbook” [“Münchener Anwaltshandbuch”]
    • Christian Czychowski/Jan Bernd Nordemann, Scope of protection and unauthorized modification in computer programs, GRUR 2022, 457
    • Christian Czychowski/Jan Bernd NordemannCurrent Legislation and Jurisprudence of the Highest Courts in Copyright Law [“Aktuelle Gesetzgebung und höchstrichterliche Rechtsprechung im Urheberrecht”], NJW 2021, 740
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann/ Christian CzychowskiThe development of case law of lower and higher courts in copyright law in 2018 [“Die Entwicklung der unter– und obergerichtlichen Rechtsprechung zum Urheberrecht im Jahr 2018”], GRUR-RR 2019, 193
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann/ Christian Czychowski, Current Legislation and jurisprudence of the highest courts in copyright law [“Aktuelle Gesetzgebung und höchstrichterliche Rechtsprechung im Urheberrecht”], NJW 2019, 725
    • The “Copyright Troll” – Important legal issues of open source licenses [“Der „UrheberrechtsTroll“ – Wichtige Rechtsfragen von Open Source-Lizenzen?”], GRUR-RR 2018, 1
    • The BGH and Computer Games: There are still open questions [“Der BGH und Computerspiele: Es verbleiben noch offene Fragen“], GRUR 2017, 362
    • Jan Bernd Nordemann/ Christian Czychowski, The development of case law of lower and higher courts in copyright law in 2016 [“Die Entwicklung der unter- und obergerichtlichen Rechtsprechung zum Urheberrecht im Jahr 2016”], GRUR-RR 2017, 169
    • Facilitated prosecution of cross-border copyright infringement [„Erleichterte Verfolgung grenzüberschreitender Rechtsverletzungen im Urheberrecht“], NJW 2016, 2302
    • No priority of banking secrecy over intellectual property protection – “Hot water” for infringers [Kein Vorrang des Bankgeheimnisses vor Schutz des geistigen Eigentums – „Heißes Wasser“ für Verletzer]EuZW 2015, 745
    • Christian Czychowski/ Jan Bernd Nordemann, Boundless Internet – unlimited liability? [Grenzenloses Internet – entgrenzte Haftung?], GRUR 2013, 986
    • The Copyright Act in the Information Society – An Overview and Outlook [„Das Gesetz zur Regelung des Urheberrechts in der Informationsgesellschaft – Ein Über- und ein Ausblick“], NJW 2003, 2409
    • Christian CzychowskiViktoria Kraetzig, Copyright as a censorship right? A critical evaluation of two current preliminary ruling proceedings of the CJEU, available on the Kluwer Copyright Blog at 
  • Lectures
    • University of Potsdam: “Media Business Law” (Winter Semester 2021/2022)
    • University of Potsdam: “Civil Law Basics of Media Business Law (Summer Semester 2021) 
    • University of Potsdam: “Media Business Law” (Winter Semester 2020/2021) 
    • University of Potsdam: “Civil Law Basics of Media Business Law (Summer Semester 2020) 
    • University of Potsdam: “Civil Law Basics of Media Business Law (Summer Semester 2019) 
    • University of Potsdam: “Copyright” (winter semester 2018/2019) 
    • University of Potsdam: “Media Business Law” (Summer Semester 2018) 
    • University of Potsdam: “Copyright” (winter semester 2015/2016) 
  • Awards
    • WirtschaftsWoche (12.03.2021/No. 11, Dossier Legal All Stars, p. 9) names him Legal All-Star 2020 in copyright law
    • Best Lawyers® 2020 lists Christian Czychowski among the selected lawyers in the field of Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law.
    • The US publisher Best Lawyers® has named Christian Czychowski Lawyer of the Year 2020 in Intellectual Property Law in Berlin.
    • Handelsblatt 2020 ranks Christian Czychowski among the selected lawyers in the field of Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law.
    • In The Legal 500 – Deutschland (2019) Christian Czychowski is honored as a lawyer in trademark and competition law and is considered a “central contact person for questions concerning data protection law” in the entertainment sector.
    • WirtschaftsWoche listed Christian Czychowski in the ranking WiWo Topkanzleien 2018 as one of the top lawyers for IT law
    • The JUVE Handbook 2019/2020 ranks Christian Czychowski among the recommended lawyers in the categories trademark design law and competition law as well as media: contract and copyright law, p. 695, 876 
  • Memberships
    • Member of the Board of the German National Group of LES (Licensing Executive Society Deutsche Landesgruppe e.V.)
    • Member of the Expert Committee for Copyright and Publishing Law of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (GRUR)  
    • Member of the Specialist Lawyers’ Committee for IT Law at the Berlin Bar Association
    • Member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES)
    • Member of the German Bar Association
    • Member of the German Society for Law and Informatics (DGRI)
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