What we do.

Media Law

Thomas Höhne, Georg Streit
Alina Alavi Kia, Livia Fleischer

We have been closely observing all legal areas that have an impact on print media, broadcasting and other electronic media, such as media law (including representation in court) and Internet law, for many years. E-Commerce is one of our specialized areas. We attentively watch the international development of media- and IT-related regulations and try to consider academic theory as well. We have co-founded the post graduate study program for information law and legal information at the University of Vienna. Members of our law firm give lectures at universities and distinguish themselves by writing in legal journals. Furthermore our law firm is a supporting member of the interest group for IT - “IT-LAW.at”. Thomas Höhne is one of the co-publishers of an information law journal (ZIIR).

In the 2015 „Ranking Table“ by „Media Law International“ we once again take first place in Austria. h-i-p is described as follows:
No shortage of praise from clients for Höhne, In der Maur & Partner. “Quick response time and a very pragmatic approach makes the law firm a great partner for media enterprises, such as our publishing house”, said one client. Co-founding partner Thomas Höhne is highlighted for his ability to develop “relationships of trust with his clients”. The firm is distinguished for detailed understanding of broadcasting law with Georg Streit, joint department head, considered “one of the top three experts in radio law in Austria”. The firm’s work over the past 12 months includes advising several prominent individuals on violations of personality rights in the media.

In the lawyers ranking of 2015, the business magazine „Format“ ranked Dr. Thomas Höhne first place in the sector of “in demand in media law".

In the "Ranking Table" 2014 by „Media Law International“, „the exclusive guide to leading media law firms around the world“, we take first place in Austria again. h-i-p is described as:
Höhne, In der Maur & Partner is one of Austria’s most prominent firms handling high profile media cases. The legal expertise of its practitioners extends across numerous sectors including, photography, film, music and fine art. “It has an outstanding reputation in media and entertainment, IPR, trade practices, and information technologies. Dr Thomas Höhne is for sure the charismatic emblem of this law firm,” said one client. The firm’s media department is collectively managed by Thomas Höhne, Thomas In der Maur, Georg Streit and Markus Bulgarini. Over the past 12 months, the firm represented Mediaprint Austria, Austria’s largest newspaper publisher, in several cases against the newspaper Österreich. The firm filed for injunctive relief against the defendant’s advertisements which included circulation numbers, as the firm allegedly engaged in misleading commercial practice.

In 2014's lawyers ranking the business paper "Format" once again awards Höhne, In der Maur und Partner nuber 1 in media law, IT and e-commerce.

Höhne, In der Maur & Partner is winner of the 2014 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award “Information Law - Law Firm of the Year in Austria”.

We are pleased to announced Höhne, In der Maur & Partner is marked out as Austria´s IT Law Firm of the Year 2013 by Acquisition International.

In 2013 the austrian business paper "Format" names Dr. Thomas Höhne Austria´s best lawyer in the area of media law, IT and e-commerce.

“The Legal 500 – Europe, Middle East & Africa (2013)” recommends Höhne, In der Maur & Partner as Austria´s best law firm as one out of four in the area of “Intellectual Property and Media”. Thomas Höhne is named on first position of “Leading Individuals”. It is noted that he is “a litigation expert, and capable of solving urgent matters within a very strict timeframe”.
Furthermore our law firm is recommended in the area of “IT and telecommunications”, with reference to Thomas Höhne and Georg Streit.

Dr. Thomas Höhne is listed among Austria’s best lawyers in the field of “IT and Telecoms” by the handbook „Legal Experts – Europe, Middle East & Africa (2013)”.

In 2012 „Die Presse“ recommends us in „Handbuch Wirtschaftsanwälte“ in the sector of „IP, IT, Media and Telecom“. Dr. Thomas Höhne is mentioned as leading expert in the core area of IP-law as well as Mag. Georg Streit is recommended especially in the field of medial organisation law.

In the area of „intellectual property and media” we are ranked among the best four law firms in Austria by “The European Legal 500 – US Special Edition 2012”, where there is noted that “Höhne, In der Maur & Partner is dominant in the media sector, particularly for representing newspapers.” The handbook mentions Georg Streit and Thomas Höhne who is “highly rated and in demand” and named as one out of three leading individuals in this sector.
Furthermore he is, also together with Georg Streit, recommended for issues on “e-commerce and internet law advice” in the field of “IT and telecommunication”, wherein our law firm also takes a leading position.

"Chambers Europe 2012" names us the best law firm of Austria in the are of  "Media“. The guidebook says about us: "This firm leads the pack in media law, continuing to impress with its extensive knowledge and experience in the field. It has reinforced its reputation for top-class work with a series of recent case wins. Its client list includes radio and television stations, newspapers, publishing houses and film producers. Besides handling litigation, copyright and unfair competition work, it helps individuals who have come under the media spotlight to defend their personal rights. In IT, the team has been particularly busy with anti-piracy and data protection work and continues to advice on e-commerce."

At the "2012 Acquisition International M&A Awards" our law firm has been named "Austrian IT Law Firm of the Year".

„The Legal 500 – Europe, Middle East and Africa 2012" recommends us in the area of "IT and telecommunications". Furthermore this handbook recommends us as a Top Tier Firm in the area of "Intellecutal property and media". The handbook notes that "Höhne, In der Maur & Partner Rechtsanwälte is dominant in the media sector, particularly for representing newspapers. Thomas Höhne is highly rated and in demand, and Georg Streit is also recommended".

The industry magazine Corporate INTL namend us the best austrian law firm of 2012 in the area of "Media Law".

In April 2012 the business magazine „Format“ ranked Höhne, In der Maur und Partner as the best Austrian law firm in the sector of “Media, IT and E-Commerce Law".

The „Legal Experts – Europe, Middle East & Africa (2011 Edition)“ and “The Legal 500 – Europe, Middle East & Africa (2011)” recommend Höhne, In der Maur & Partner as one of the leading firms in “IT and telecoms”.
The handbook “Chambers Europe 2011” ranks us in the top tier in the area of “Media Law. “As the leading firm in Austria for media and one of the best for IT, this firm is renowned for its wealth of knowledge and enormous expertise in the TMT field. The practice's impressive client base includes broadcasters, newspapers, magazines, radio stations, advertising agencies, publishers, and individuals and companies from the music and film businesses. Peers regard vastly experienced Thomas Höhne as "a media guru." Highly regarded and active media lawyer Georg Streit is best known for his work advising private radio stations.”

The handbook "Best Laywers" chose Thomas Höhne as Austrias "Laywer of the Year 2011" in the field of "Media".

In April 2011 the business magazine “Format” Dr. Höhne ended up well ahead in the category of “Elite in Media Law” – he is ranked in second place.

Höhne, In der Maur & Partner has leapt ahead significantly in the 2010 edition of “The Legal 500” and the “US Special Edition”. It is ranked in tier one of most recommended law firms in the category of “intellectual property and media” and in tier two in the „IT and Telecommunications“ category. “The Legal 500” states: “Höhne, In der Maur & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH fields a first-class team, which features Georg Streit and Thomas Höhne. The team has a great reputation in the market, and its full service approach to IP and IT services wins it the admiration of clients”.

The 2009 edition of the handbook „The Legal 500 – Europe, Middle East and Africa” ranks our law firm highly in the field of “IT and Telecommunications” and states: “E-commerce is one of Höhne, In der Maur & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH real areas of expertise, and the firm is well respected for its knowledge. Thomas Höhne is recognised for his expertise in IT regulations, while Georg Streit is highly rated for internet law”.

The handbook „The Legal 500 – Europe, Middle East and Africa (2008 Edition)" recommended us in the field of „IT and Telecommunications" and writes: „Thomas Höhne at Höhne, In der Maur & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH has significant experience in IT, information and media law, while Georg Streit is considered an expert in internet law."

The „Client’s Guide 2008“ published by Chambers Europe identifies our law firm as the top law firm in the field of “Media” and emphasizes: “Peers recognise the firm’s long-standing expertise in the media arena, agreeing that ‘amongst the firms with any mass, Höhne is hard to beat.” In the area of “Information Technology” our law firm ranks amongst the top three law firms of Austria: “Standing out from the crowd in the field of media, the firm also enjoys widespread market recognition for its IT capabilities and it’s active within the fields of broadcast, publishing and media production, covering legal issues related to copyright, unfair competition and licensing.”
In April 2008 the austrian business magazine “Format” ranked Dr. Thomas Höhne as the best austrian laywer in media law.

The Chambers Europe „Client’s Guide“ refers to our law firm as Nr. 1 of the “leading firms” in the field of “media law” and as Nr. 2 in the field “Information Technology”. We are described as „one of the best-known firms in Austrian media law, this outfit advises some of the major clients in the field.“ In the field “IT and E-Commerce” in the Handbook „Which Lawyer? – Yearbook 2007“ of the Practical Law Company we are highlighted as a “highly recommended firm” and Thomas Höhne is highlighted as a “recommended individual”. In the field “Media” we are among the “leading firms” and Mr. Thomas Höhne belongs to the “highly recommended individuals”.
The European Legal 500, US Special Edition 2007” and “The Legal 500 – Europe, Middle East and Africa (2007 Edition)" rank Höhne, In der Maur and Partners amongst the best five law firms of Austria in the field of “IP/IT”.