MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT 

Our media and entertainment law Arthe Law’s Media and Entertainment practice combines an interdisciplinary team of litigators and transactional attorneys advising some of the India’s most prominent media, entertainment and communications companies and individuals. We represent clients across almost the entire spectrum of the Media and Entertainment industry, including Television, Films, Radio, Music, Print and Publications, Events, Fashion, Arts, media entities in the Digital domain, etc. We have been the advocates of choice for creative talent-individuals, companies across formats and platforms, Collective bargaining associations, Self Regulatory forums, as well as leading Industry bodies. Our lawyers have an in-depth understanding not only of the intellectual property laws applicable to the Media and Entertainment Industry, but also advise on a broad spectrum of issues concerning this dynamic sector from Regulatory and policy to labour, due diligence, financing, negotiations, and dispute resolution – mainstream and alternative.

Our lawyers have:

 

  • Represented and advised the nodal Association and Foundation for       all leading Television Broadcasters in the country for the past 7       years on matters concerning the regulatory regime and those that       have an impact on the industry as a whole.
  • Represented and advised the nodal Association and Foundation for       all leading Radio Broadcasters in the country for the past 11 years       on matters concerning the regulatory regime and those that have       an impact on the industry as a whole.
  • Represented leading radio broadcasters in a landmark case before       the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India successfully       defending the position that broadcasters are not liable to pay       authors and composers of songs where sound recordings are       licensed.
  • Represented leading radio broadcasters in the first ever       determination of compulsory license rate for broadcast of music       over FM radio stations.
  • Represented a prominent Television Broadcaster before the Delhi       High Court and the Supreme Court of India on an interpretation of       the contours of free speech.
  • Represented all Television Broadcasters in challenge to Regulatory       regime concerning commercial subscribers in the country.
  • Represented all Television Broadcasters in challenge to Regulatory       regime concerning Tariff fixation by the Regulator.
  • Represented a leading DTH provider in a complaint alleging abuse       of dominance against the DTH providers.
  • Represented a leading International Motion Picture Studio on       allegation of abuse of dominance in relation to adoption of a       particular technology for exhibition of its films in India.
  • Represented a leading radio broadcaster in a landmark decision by       the Competition Commission of India which held that the       application of a clause of the FM licensing policy has the effect of       abusing the dominance of the public broadcaster in the FM       industry.
  • Represented various production houses in getting John Doe orders       against Websites, Telecom Service Providers and Delivery Platform       Operators, to prevent piracy of their motion pictures.
  • Represented and advised the nodal Association of Television       Broadcasters in matters relating to cable digitisation and challenges       thereto before the various High Courts of India and related       statutory authorities.
  • Advised the producers of a number of motion pictures with regard       to pre-production, production and post-production documentation       and other legalities.
  • Advised film artists, sports personalities and celebrities with regard       to monetisation and protection their personality rights.
  • Advised one of India’s leading artists in relation to demand for       royalties under the Author’s resale right.
  • Represented a leading fashion start-up company in relation to its       licensing requirements for photographic content.
  • Advised a multinational cinema theatre chain with regard to due       diligences for setting up the theatres across the country.

HIGHLIGHTS

An interdisciplinary team of litigators and transactional attorneys form one of the country’s strongest practices, representing clients across the spectrum of the Media and Entertainment industry.

 

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