Capabilities

Media and Entertainment

Our Media & Entertainment practice is unique among US law firms in terms of the clients we represent, the issues we handle, and the bodies before which we practice. We are counsel to the major US sports leagues, motion picture studios, and the broadcast and cable networks on various intellectual property matters. We focus on issues that typically have industry-wide significance regarding the protection and monetization of that programming. We are involved not only in highly publicized litigation on behalf of program owners before the federal courts, but also in multiparty proceedings before the Copyright Office, Copyright Royalty Board, Federal Communications Commission, Patent and Trademark Office, Congress, and World Intellectual Property Organization. We also routinely analyze, under applicable intellectual property and communications laws, the legality of various new technologies and business plans, as well as assist clients in contractual negotiations and disputes involving the licensing of copyrighted content.

Most recently, we have represented content owners in precedent-setting litigation involving issues such as the unauthorized distribution of broadcast television programming over the Internet and network DVRs. We also have served as lead counsel for a consortium of sports leagues in litigated proceedings involving the contested distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars in copyright royalties that cable and satellite systems pay for the retransmission of broadcast television programming.

Recognition

Chambers USA
Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (2016) (DC)
America's Leading Lawyers: Business–Media & Entertainment (2016) (DC)
America's Leading Lawyers: Business–Intellectual Property & Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets (2016)
The Legal 500 US
Telecoms and Broadcast: Regulatory (2016)
The Legal 500 UK
Media & Entertainment (2015)
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