Broadcasting, media & entertainment solicitors
Our team’s experience spans the worlds of music, sport, publishing, and more, with in-depth knowledge of issues from broadcasting to sponsorship and the protection of all manner of rights.
Creation, exploitation and protection of rights
Our media and entertainment practice is extensive, and market leading. We deal with all types of matter on a day to day basis, including broadcasting, image rights exploitation, social media, content creation and protection, and traditional forms of media and rights exploitation.
We have particular experience in relation to music, our team including professionals that have worked on an in house level in the recording, management and music publishing industries. We support the Musicians Union and its members. We have similar experience in the publishing sector, and support Publishing Scotland and its members.
In broadcasting, film and television, we have assisted upon most of the major sports broadcasting deals in Scotland in the last 20 years. We have also advised upon many of Scotland’s major location filming arrangements, and continue to work with many sector funders in relation to both scheme and specific project support.
On a governmental level, we have assisted with the drafting and implementing of new media and entertainment related legislation, at both a Scottish and UK parliament level.
We advise on a diverse range of issues affecting media and entertainment clients.
We provide a full range of services in all areas including:
Early stage project support
Working with industry organisations, we have developed a multitude of sector specific documentation which we make available to organisation members, particularly those at an early stage. We also assist clients with the development of project specific documentation, to facilitate the progression of concepts into reality. We have substantial experience advising upon and assisting clients in relation to, funding matters in the media and entertainment sector.
Rights acquisition and exploitation
Our team is highly experienced in relation to rights acquisition and exploitation, on a UK and international level. Matters we have assisted upon often concern household names in the music, publishing, television, film and streaming sectors. Working with our network of trusted contacts, we are attuned to identify and deal with peculiarities in rights matters which may arise in foreign jurisdictions, whether licensing, transfer, optioning or investment.
As we work at the forefront of media and entertainment law, our knowledge grows as technology, practice and society develops. Our team is therefore well suited to advise on new means of rights commercialisation, whether it be influencer or digital creator arrangements, to novel platform based content delivery means.
We have one of the leading contentious practices in Scotland. We regularly assist clients both locally and internationally in relation to media and entertainment disputes. Recent work has included addressing contentious matters in jurisdictions diverse as the United States, Argentina, England and South Korea.
Assisting in relation to the development and progression of proposed UK legislation The UK Copyright (Rights and Remuneration of Musicians, Etc.) Bill.
Advising in relation to the creation and operation of Scotland’s Film City Futures project.
Assisting with location use arrangements concerning access for producers diverse as the BBC, Warner Brothers, and Marvel Studios.
Assisting Enduro Sports Organisation Ltd, the owner and operator of the UCI recognised Enduro World Series (EWS) and EWS-E – the leading mountain bike and electric mountain bike championships – with investment by Discovery, Inc.
“Harper Macleod LLP’s team handles a diverse range of issues affecting media and entertainment clients. It is particularly active in music law issues, sports broadcasting deals, commercial rights work and contracts in publishing, defamation cases, and IP enforcement”
Tom Thomas advises corporate and public sector customers and also BPO service providers and tech companies on all manner of IT outsourcing and procurement transactions. He has additional expertise with regard to sports and broadcast media. “Tom is excellent – personable, fast-working and thorough.”
Tom Thomas is brilliant, he has got to know our business and helped us in a new area of development that had considerable risk’ says a client.
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