Media and Entertainment

Our expertise includes:

  • Music, films and games
  • TV and TV advertisements
  • Internet
  • Newspapers, books and publications
  • Sport and sponsor agreements
  • Concerts, theatre and events
  • Production and distribution
  • Publication agreements
  • Collecting societies
  • Clearing of rights
  • Merchandising and licensing
  • Social network
  • Press law.

How can we help?
We have strong competences within all legal aspects of the media and entertainment industry. Our legal advisers have thorough knowledge of industry-specific commercial challenges and competition issues as well as in-depth understanding of technical aspects relating to, for example, film production. As a result, our clients often consult us for strategic advice.

Our clients also draw on our long-standing experience in drafting and negotiating contracts, and they use our enforcement programme, enabling us to monitor the market, investigate suspicious incidents and take action where unlawful exploitation of entertainment rights occurs.

Our client portfolio includes record companies, radio and TV stations, publishers of newspapers, books and music, agents and advertising agencies, artists, film producers and performance rights organisations.

Common challenges
Every day, millions of consumers download music, games, films and online news. However, the growing use of digital media and online purchases increase the risk of unlawful exploitation, potentially resulting in substantial profit losses on the part of producers, publishers and artists. This is why the need for legal advice on the protection of rights is more urgent than ever.

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Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2018
-  TMT

What the team is known for Well-regarded team with expertise in an array of IT matters including IT system development, supply agreements and telecoms infrastructure agreements. Also advises on regulatory aspects of transactional and corporate mandates in the IT sector. Maintains a media practice focused on distribution rights and licensing issues. Acts on behalf of clients in the media, energy and technology sectors as well as state bodies.

Strengths Sources praise the specialist knowledge the team offers. One chooses to work with the firm on account of "the depth of resources and their special capabilities. They are specialists within our line of work, so we get premium work from them. One of the things we also appreciate is their availability; they respond super fast."

Another satisfied source describes the team as "highly skilled and knowledgeable people with good understanding of business processes, as well as a friendly and forthcoming attitude."

Work highlights Acted for technology company Blackwood Seven in its merger with media agency TWO NIL.

Assisted Maj Invest Equity with its acquisition of telecoms, IT outsourcing and infrastructure services company TDC Hosting.

Notable practitioners
Niels Andersen provides a broad range of advisory services to technology companies including regulatory and compliance support. He also acts on contentious mandates and outsourcing projects. Sources describe him as client-oriented and dedicated, saying: "He understands complex issues and argues cases forcefully and diligently."

Arly Carlquist is a non-contentious IT specialist. He provides software licensing, IT outsourcing and regulatory compliance support to blue-chip international and domestic corporates. One satisfied source describes his approach, noting a "very open, very friendly dialogue – I feel very comfortable asking him for advice."

Chambers and Partners Europe, TMT

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2018
-  Media and entertainment

Bech-Bruun’s seven-partner group represents a wide range of clients from the music, radio and film industry. Co-practice head Niels M. Andersen advises PR company Quarterback on various matters, including recording agreements, license agreements and management agreements. The team also handles various sport-related issues; an example is the ongoing advice for the Danish Football Association on the UEFA European Championship finals in 2020.

Legal 500, Media and entertainment

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