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In a bid to develop the country’s media industry, the government has announced plans to create a public media entity to “better serve the people” and build credibility, according to Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun.


Plans were announced in January 2018 and include the establishment of a “public media development fund” with the aim of eliminating reliance on government funding.  


The Ministry is drafting a public media law that will have media companies Radio Taiwan International, PTS, CAN and Chinese Television System amalgamated into a media group.  


Ms Li-chiun explained: "Taiwan is a democratic, free and open society. Among Asian societies, we have excellent conditions to set up a Chinese-language public media group with a global view." Ms Li-chiun expects the legislation will be passed by the end of the year.  

Lawyers say other significant developments include growth in OTT viewing, the accompanying threat of content piracy and the importance of developing new revenue streams, particularly in the pay-television sector.


According to research by CASBAA, a regional pay-television industry group, OTT is driving the country’s multi-channel services.


CASBAA findings show that ‘The fast-rising level of mobile broadband penetration is benefitting cable TV and IPTV operators as they develop their own multi screen services. No longer limited to traditional TV viewing, Taiwan’s mobile broadband subscribers are downloading apps and logging-in to pay-TV programming of all kinds.’


TIER 1

In line with its global emphasis, Baker McKenzies 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.


Formosan Brothers advises clients on television, film and anti-trust issues. The firm’s work ranges from advice on film distribution and licensing to the acquisition of shares in publishing businesses. The firm has a separate division focussing on intellectual property, managed by Chi-Che Tung. Practitioners also advise games companies on litigation and licensing disputes.


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.   


TIER 2

Eiger’s focus is on entertainment and art. The media group advises on international publishing contracts for books, screenplays, periodicals and websites. Specialising in compliance and intellectual property policy, founding partner 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.


TIER 3

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,

TIER 1

Baker McKenzie

Formosan Brothers  

Lee, Tsai & Partners

Yangming Partners


TIER 2

Eiger

LCS & Partners

Lee and Li

Liang & Partners

Shay & Partners  


TIER 3

Formosa Transnational

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Pamir Law Group



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