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Taiwan is emerging as Asia’s hub for foreign media as German broadcaster Deutsche Welle opens an office in the self-ruled Island.
In May 2018, Foreign Ministry State Secretary, Andreas Michaelis, raised concerns over limits on foreign press in China. The state-funded broadcaster subsequently opened its office in Taipei in a move that marks Taiwan’s international recognition.
Other significant developments over the past year include amendments to the country’s Company Act, which has eased rules on raising funds, strengthening money-laundering safeguards, and enhancing corporate governance, say lawyers.
John Eastwood, Partner at Eiger, explained: “Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan has completed an initial review of draft amendments to partial provisions of the Taiwan Patent Act, Taiwan Trademark Act, and Taiwan Copyright Act in order to stay current with the IP-related sections and provisions of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).”
LiPu Lee, Partner at Formosan Brothers Attorneys-at-Law, commented: “Given the media market’s comparatively unpredictable schedule, compliance with stringent labour laws requires careful oversight.”
Mr Lee added: “It is better to engage in preventive oversight than to remedy errors made.”
In other developments, industry trends show that Taiwan has one of the highest pay-television penetration rates in Asia, according to Taiwan OTT Television Research Report 2018.
Findings show that 80 per cent of viewers would consider subscribing to OTT services, highlighting the potential for OTT television becoming an extension to pay-television services.
In line with its global emphasis, Baker McKenzie’s local practice advises on copyright matters in a range of sectors including technology. Justin C. Liang manages the firm which also works on complex, cross-border business transactions. The team also advises media and telecommunications clients on banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions.
Lee, Tsai & Partners is well regarded by competitors and best known for its advice on cable television broadcasting laws and regulation. Lawyers are also well versed in foreign investment law. The team’s experience includes assistance to Formosa Plastic Group in its acquisition of Next Media Limited’s Taiwan Business, including Next Magazine, Apple Daily, Sharp Daily and Next TV.
John Eastwood manages the practice.
Entertainment specialist LCS & Partners assists clients with negotiating and drafting performance agreements and with government approval and permission. Lawyers assist with intellectually property matters, represent domestic and foreign companies on dispute resolution and advise on inbound investment and tax relief for royalties.
Lee and Li has a leading position with its media sector advice ranging from tax, risk management and strategy analysis. The team assists with television and radio matters, intellectual property, technology transfer and licensing. Christina Chao manages the department and advises government and private businesses on drafting and amending laws and regulations.
Formosa Transnational works on government approval and contract negotiations on behalf of entertainment clients. Other areas of focus include compliance and regulation. The team drafts and negotiates entertainment and art performance contracts. Gambling operators also form part of the firm’s client base.
Jones Day specialises in cyber security, privacy and data protection. The firm’s global focus on intellectual property creates an integrated approach with lawyers in Taiwan working closely with the firm’s international network. Jack J.T. Huang leads the team which also advises on joint and strategic ventures.
K&L Gates litigates on behalf of clients in disputes regarding authorship, ownership, originality and fair use. The full-service firm assists with domestic and cross-border matters notably connected with copyright,
Lee, Tsai & Partners
LCS & Partners
Lee and Li
Liang & Partners
Shay & Partners
Pamir Law Group
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