Media & Entertainment
In today’s connected, content-driven world, media & entertainment businesses face a continuous challenge to push the boundaries, create new opportunities, adapt swiftly to disruption and defend their rights.
Among the forces at play are the proliferation of distribution channels, the pervasiveness of social media, the demand for authenticity, the rise of streaming, and the fast pace of market change. In order to maximise value, protect brand and talent, and minimise risk, carefully planned commercial strategies, well-protected and fully exploited intellectual property rights, and water-tight contractual agreements are a necessity.
For us, the creative business is our business, and our team is top-ranked for its expertise in the media & entertainment space. We work with the biggest names in the business and innovative new entrants to the market, as well as the major brands who are looking to capitalise on emerging opportunities in this sphere. Our large, dedicated team – many of whom have worked within the industry– means we have a unique perspective, enabling us to deliver sound advice and develop practical solutions for our clients.
You can view our latest 2 blog posts below and our full blog here.
Counsel to step up anti-piracy efforts after copyright win: Neil Parkes comments for Managing IP12 March 2021
In-house lawyers in the music industry say two court rulings that ordered internet service providers to block access to stream-ripping websites will encourage them to target other services that have slipped through the net, and will add weight to their demands for legislative changes.
Sports Q&A - How are esports regulated?28 January 2021
It’s impossible to answer this question without taking a closer look at the esports ecosystem. Although there are certain parallels to draw with traditional sports (with professional players, teams, leagues and championships) there are also significant differences. In particular, the international and national federation structure as seen in traditional sports is generally absent in esports.
COVID-19 advice for corporate occupiers07 January 2021
Commercial tenants – whether occupying offices, retail premises, industrial units or other property - face potentially existential questions arising out of their landlord and tenant relations, how to manage cashflow and outgoings as revenues dry up, premises shut down and uncertainty reigns.
New issue of Music & Copyright with Australia country report: Cliff Fluet comments for Music & Copyright07 December 2020
Why are financial investors so interested in music publishing as a financial asset? Cliff Fluet provides his thoughts on the matter in Music & Copyright.
Inside the rise of the political micro-influencer: Geraint Lloyd-Taylor comments for The Financial Times26 October 2020
Mid-tier social media stars are being hired by marketing agencies to push political messages. The Instagram account of Lauren Hansen, a Wisconsin-based blogger with around 12,000 followers, does not immediately look like a place for politics. But nestled between the fashion tips and baby videos that fill her feed is evidence that Ms Hansen has become part of a new wave of online campaigning.
New video sharing platform regulations - something to get twitchy about?26 October 2020
Does your website/app/platform allow the sharing of videos? Even just as an add-on to its main activities? If so new regulations governing video sharing platforms need to be on your radar.
Influencers are unionising – what do you need to know?17 July 2020
As the power of the influencer increases, as does the importance for brands to not only find the perfect talent for their campaign, but to ensure a happy and long-lasting relationship.