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The need for legal advice and protection of rights is larger than ever before. Every day, millions of consumers download, stream and buy music, games, movies and news online. The risk of illegal exploitation of rights has grown in step with the increasing digitisation of media and entertainment. And this may lead to substantial financial losses for producers, publishers and artists.

We specialise in all areas of the media and entertainment industry. We have many years’ experience drafting and negotiating contracts. With our rights protection programme we are furthermore able to monitor the market, investigate suspicious cases and react quickly should anyone attempt to exploit or abuse the rights of our clients. 

We represent record companies, TV stations, the movie industry and music, agency and advertising agencies, artists, film producers and rights organisations.

Our advisory services include:

  • Music, films and games
  • Advertisements
  • Internet
  • Newspapers, books and other publications
  • Sports and sponsorship agreements
  • Concerts, theatre and events
  • Production and distribution
  • Publication agreements
  • Rights holder organisations
  • Clearing of rights
  • Marketing and licensing
  • Press and media law. 

Due to our broad expertise we consider all aspects at all times, providing you with the best possible advisory services. Our lawyers not only have insight into the commercial challenges particular to this industry, but also knowledge about the media industry as such. Because of this, our clients often use us as a sounding board and for negotiation of difficult agreements. 

Furthermore, we often cooperate with lawyers in our other practice groups, for instance Data Protection, EU and Competition, Intellectual Property, Trademarks & Designs, Marketing & Advertising.

 


Media & Entertainment

TMT

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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

Media & 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.

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