Media & Technology

Rapid growth and constant innovation in the way businesses and individuals use, store, trade and consume information and content are continually raising new business and legal issues.

In the fast-changing media and technology sector, where many traditional approaches are under challenge, we believe that a combination of experience in contract preparation, negotiation and dispute resolution and a detailed understanding of IP, regulatory and licensing issues are critical. Businesses require professional advisers who understand the myriad issues affecting the industry.

Our corporate lawyers have supported numerous transactions for media clients, including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

We advise on a broad range of media and technology-related disputes, drawing on our in-depth understanding of how our clients’ businesses operate within the industry, to deliver practical solutions. Our litigation lawyers have been involved in some of the most significant defamation cases in the UK and can advise on defamation-related disputes across the sector.

Beyond our extensive corporate and litigation experience, much of our work in this area relates to online content delivery. We advise on all aspects of online presence, including content production and acquisition, website and sales terms, privacy policies and data protection and liability issues. We are also well placed to advise on the opportunities and issues surrounding revenue generation from online content.

Our clients in this area include advertising agencies, interactive entertainment distributors, newspaper, music, consumer and academic book and magazine publishers, computer hardware, computer software, gaming, internet and e-commerce companies.

If you have any questions or queries please call Eddie on +44 (0)20 3036 7362 or email epowell@fladgate.com

Highlights for Fladgate LLP … included advising Cambridge University Press on its acquisition of a list of language textbooks from Advance Materials and assisting One Delta with its acquisition of Audioboom.

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Highlights for Fladgate LLP corporate lawyer David Robinson included advising Cambridge University Press on its acquisition of a list of language textbooks from Advance Materials and assisting One Delta with its acquisition of Audioboom. IP lawyer Eddie Powell successfully defended The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra in a trade mark and passing-off dispute with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

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Fladgate LLP’s Eddie Powell led the advice to MLCG on the negotiation of a multi-year exclusive supply agreement with NISA as part of its acquisition of 140 convenience stores from Morrisons. In another highlight, Alan Wetterhahn assisted BGO with an online and TV advertising campaign. Other clients include Digital Cinema Media and Krannich Solar.

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The “highly competent” publishing team at Fladgate LLP “understands the industry and provides practical advice”. David Robinson advises Random House. IP specialist Eddie Powell represents the Publishers Association. Litigator Simon Ekins is recommended.

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BSkyB, Odeon Cinemas and Cambridge University Press feature in Fladgate LLP’s client roster.  Grant Gordon, David Robinson and Eddie Powell are recommended.

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At Fladgate LLP, David Robinson advised Random House on e-book and digital rights issues. Eddie Powell advised The Book Service and the Publishers Association on issues arising from the administration of Woolworths. Litigator Simon Ekins is recommended.

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Fladgate LLP advised Random House on its acquisition of Virgin Books and a majority stake in BBC Books. Key clients include Taylor & Francis and Seven Publishing. David Robinson and Eddie Powell are commended for their “proactive, reliable support”, and Simon Ekins for his “in-depth publishing expertise”.

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  • Cambridge University Press – acquisition of a compact, high-quality list of language textbooks and supporting materials from small independent publisher Advance Materials Limited.
  • Lalit Modi (founder of the IPL) – acting in the libel claim against Lalit Modi in respect of comments made on the social networking site Twitter and in a libel action against the Chairman of England & Wales Cricket Board.
  • Devilfish – commercial agreements for the provision of strategic, creative and production services to film and online channels including Disney’s Club Penguin, Canal +, A&E Television Networks, The History Channel (UK), Sundance Channel LLC and NGC-UK Partnership.
  • Gfinity Plc – admission to trading on AIM and placing. Gfinity is a leading UK-based electronic sports (eSports) company which organises and hosts live tournaments at which top international players and teams compete in best-selling games such as FIFA and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
  • Publishers’ Association – book distribution issues affecting the industry, particularly US imports and books sold through wholesale aggregator websites and advising members in relation to the “agency” model for e-book sales.
  • Clear Vision Limited – negotiations with various commercial partners relating to the manufacture, distribution, marketing and sale of various titles including Power Rangers, My Little Pony and Marvel.
  • Defamation matters – examples include having acted for Hammer Distribution to obtain the first injunction obtained in relation to a libel published over the Internet, represented The Earl Spencer and The Countess Spencer in The Earl Spencer & The Countess Spencer v United Kingdom – this was a landmark case on privacy rights before the ECHR.
  • BGO Entertainment – drafting and negotiating the endorsement arrangements for Verne Troyer, Dan Bilzerian and Paris Hilton.
  • Cultuzz Digital Media GmbH – acquisition of Recommended Hotels, an outsourced sales and marketing solutions company specialising in generating bookings for independently owned hotels, apartments and venues through online travel agents.
  • One Delta Plc (now Audioboom Group Plc) – acquisition of Audioboom Limited, a digital social media audio platform, ‘the audio equivalent of YouTube’.
  • Contentious publishing matters – examples include having advised a book publisher in connection with a claim brought by an author alleging failure to maximise income from the publication of a book, defended a claim on behalf of an academic journal brought by a publisher following termination of contractual relations, pursued and defended claims for copyright infringement by and against publishers of books and magazines and defended claims for breach of confidence brought against a publishing company.