The technical, commercial and regulatory changes which impact digital media create an exciting and challenging environment. As various industries converge, you can count on our experience of the technology, broadcasting, telecoms, interactive entertainment, film, television, music and advertising industries to help you meet the challenges and seize opportunities. Our lawyers are recognised for some of the most pioneering work in the exploitation and distribution of digital content, and can provide input on commercial terms and business models, as well as the regulatory and legal challenges that you face.
“Digital is one of its key areas, where it is well positioned to exploit the increasing convergence with other forms of media.” Chambers UK, 2013
We combine an understanding of different industries with extensive experience of negotiating agreements. This breadth of expertise enables us to provide a comprehensive service to a wide range of clients including content owners and aggregators, digital service providers and platforms, online retailers, games developers and publishers, mobile operators, television and radio broadcasters.
We can advise you on:
- Digital content distribution agreements and related rights issues
- Revenue share issues, funding models (including subscription and advertising funded) and promotional opportunities
- Control of content use by way of appropriate digital rights management solutions (DRM)
- Data protection and privacy, interception of communications and computer misuse regulation
- IP rights online
- The use of sound media platforms and regulatory compliance
- The installation and operation of networks and applications
- Commercial issues surrounding the use of apps, such as payment systems, customer data protection and data sharing
- Development, publishing, financing, licensing, distribution and console platform arrangements
- The application of the new Gambling Act to online offerings.
We have advised Microsoft on its content licence arrangements with film studios, distributors and broadcasters around the world its “Zune” digital entertainment service and its app development arrangements for the Xbox LIVE platform.
We advised Phorm, a technology company, on its behavioural advertising software, which is designed to be deployed in ISPs’ networks and to deliver a better internet experience to users including providing more relevant advertising. The advice included assistance with complex privacy and regulatory issues.
Digital Television Group
We advised DTG Testing on the commercial exploitation of its IP rights and their application elsewhere, particularly in relation to Freesat receivers.
Omnifone Group Limited
We have worked closely with Omnifone for a number of years including assisting with agreements with major consumer electronics device manufacturers using Omnifone’s Music Station to power the back end of consumer facing all-you-can-eat music services such as Sony and Research In Motion (manufacturers of the BlackBerry).
Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited
Advising Sony BMG on a variety of arrangements with mobile content aggregators and online retailers.
Bloomsbury Publishing Limited
Advising Bloomsbury Publishing in relation to the legal and commercial aspects of its digital exploitation strategy, including the exploitation of digital content via cellular and wireless networks, smartphones, websites and other platforms, and retail outlets.
Wolford London Limited
Advised Wolford, from a UK compliance perspective, in relation to its e-commerce website documentation including its e-commerce sale terms, data protection policy and disclaimers.