Practice AreaMedia & Entertainment Law

Our Media and Entertainment lawyers work with artists, authors, producers, production houses, over the top (OTT) platforms, directors, music directors and film, television, publishing and new age media businesses on a wide variety of legal issues

DRAFTING & NEGOTIATING COMMERCIAL AGREEMENTS

We routinely advise clients on drafting and negotiating various agreements between artists, producers, production houses, directors, music directors, directors of photography and others.

“ASHOK KUMAR” (JOHN DOE) ORDERS PRIOR TO MOVIE & MUSIC RELEASES

Ashok Kumar orders are ex parte injunctions against unknown or anonymous offenders. In India, these orders are generally passed in proceedings relating to copyright and trademark infringement and online piracy. GLC has been able to obtain a number of Ashok Kumar / John Doe orders in District Courts with the effect of shutting down pirated content using not just URLs, but also IP addresses.

WEBSITE BLOCKING ORDERS (E.g., FOR ISP's)

Website blocking orders are similar to Ashok Kumar orders, and can help movie producers, film houses prevent rogue ISPs from infringing upon their copyright.

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

GLC leverages its expertise in copyright related matters to litigate claims pertaining to copyright infrigement or defend copyright actions on behalf of its media and publisher clients.

COPYRIGHT ASSIGNMENT, REMAKE/DUBBING RIGHTS, BOOK RIGHTS

We understand that a copyright assignment from a publisher or author to a producer, production house, or an OTT platform may involve complex negotiations. In all copyright assignment matters, we spend considerable amount of time understanding our clients’ needs before negotiating with relevant parties to secure the copyrights to a book or a feature film (including remake rights, dubbing rights etc.).

DRAFTING OF TAKEDOWN NOTICES ON WEB-BASED MEDIA

With web-based media being lax when it comes to controlling copyright infringement, our Firm can help prevent such third-party infringement of your copyright by sending well drafted takedown notices and cease and desist notices. We have particularly fought as well as defended takedown notices on YouTube™.

DEFAMATION

In the media business, reputation becomes extremely important to protect, as it is generally the positive reputation of artists, production houses, directors etc., that see the content adoption numbers going up. GLC, leveraging the experience of its litigation team, helps litigate on a wide-variety of defamation matters on behalf of its clients, including civil and criminal defamation, and criminal actions under the Information Technology Act, 2000.

 

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