Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Adolf Dietz

Affiliated Research Fellow
Intellectual Property and Competition Law
Fields of Law: Europe; Eastern Europe and Russia; Rights Providing Copyright Protection

+49 89 24246-426
+49 89 24246-501
Areas of Interest:

German, European and international copyright law; intellectual property of Middle and Eastern European countries; copyright law of the People's Republic of China

Academic Résumé:

Born in 1936 in Munich; 1958 to 1963 law studies at the Universities of Munich and Paris (Sorbonne); 1966 awarded doctoral degree by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; 1967 Second German State Examination in Law in Munich; 1996 honorary doctoral degree of the Katholieke Universiteit van Brussel; since 1966 research assistant at the MPI (at the time MPI for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law); 1972 to 1978 head of division, 1978 to 2001 (retirement) head of research group (at the time Department of Copyright Law); expert for German, European and international copyright law as well as for intellectual property of Middle and Eastern European countries and the People's Republic of China; various books and periodical articles published in these fields.

Academic Prizes / Honours / Memberships etc.:

2002: "Großes Verdienstkreuz" of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

1998 to 2004: president of the German National Group of ALAI

1995 to 2001: visiting professor at the Renmin University of China, Peking

1982 to 2001: vice-president of the Association littéraire et artistique internationale – ALAI (Paris)

1993 to 1998: lecturer in copyright law and since 1998 honorary professor at the University of Passau

1982 to 1998: vice-president of the German National Group of ALAI

1991: Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland

Current Publications:

Dietz, Adolf: A Modern Concept for the Right of the Community of Authors and Performers (Paying Public domain). In: Walter, Michel M. / ALAI Group Autrichien (Eds.): The Duration of Copyright and Related Rights – ALAI Study Days 2010 Vienna. Vienna, Medien und Recht Publishing, 2013, p. 269 - 278.

Dietz, Adolf: Teil "Germany" (Update 2012/13). In: Geller, Paul Edward (Eds.): International Copyright Law and Practice (Release 25). Newark, NJ, LexisNexis, 2013, p. GER-1 - GER-170.

Dietz, Adolf: Das Urheberpersönlichkeitsrecht in der kodifizierten Neufassung des russischen Urheberrechts.: Festschrift für Artur Axel Wandtke zum 70. Geburtstag. Berlin / Boston, de Gruyter, 2013, p. 393 - 411.

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The Influence of EU Copyright Harmonization Directives on the Building of Post-Socialist Copyright Law in Central and Eastern Europe

Public Evening Lecture

Conference on “Intellectual Property in Modern Europe”

  • Location: GWZO Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas an der Universität Leipzig


Frank Gotzen as an International Copyright Scholar

Emeritaatsviering van professor Frank Gotzen

  • Location: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Löwen


Das Urhebervertragsrecht in Deutschland – Vierzehn Thesen

Deutsch-Französische Vortragsreihe zum Geistigen Eigentum

Veranstalter: MPI München und IRPI Paris

Wiederholung auf Französisch am 9.12.2005 in Paris

  • Location: München

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Participation in projects:

Collecting Societies (lead by Dr. von Lewinski)

Franco-German Lecture Series on Intellectual Property (lead by Dr. Geiger)

Post-Socialist Arrangements and Further Reforms of Copyright Law in Middle and Eastern European Countries (lead by Prof. Dietz)