Creation, exploitation and protection of rights

Media and entertainment businesses are of huge importance to the economy. Management of the assets and rights upon which these business base their activities is of fundamental importance, whether these assets come in the form of audio-visual content, traditional written works, talent arrangements, or otherwise, and whether rights come in the form of broadcasting arrangements, recording and publishing agreements, sponsorship, endorsement and association rights, or otherwise.

Our experience in the sports sector is unrivalled in Scotland and we have dealt with the majority of the main sports broadcasting agreements relating to the jurisdiction. We also dealt with all of the main sponsor arrangements for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. In addition, we provide online monitoring and takedown services for many clients to assist in their brand management activities.

We are one of the few practices in Scotland that has in depth experience in the music sector, with members of our team having worked in house for major record labels, in artist management, and for music broadcasters such as MTV. We advise on a multitude of matters, including artist management agreements, recording and publishing contracts, and merchandising and endorsement arrangements.

Our team also has experience in the publishing sectors, in relation to the fiction, factual and academic publishing. We have a strong relationship with Publishing Scotland, and often assist their members.

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.

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Key services

  • Broadcasting
  • Brand management
  • Defamation and libel
  • Film and TV production arrangements
  • Image rights
  • Merchandising
  • Recording and publishing arrangements
  • Sponsorship

Planning and executing an event such as the Commonwealth Games was complicated and challenging, with an immoveable deadline fast approaching. We needed solutions, and often we needed them fast. No matter what was thrown at them, Harper Macleod provided excellence of service and clear, commercial advice at every stage.

Thanks to partners such as Harper Macleod we were able to deliver the best ever Commonwealth Games and that achievement and experience is something that I know the firm will carry into everything it does in the future.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, David Grevemberg

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