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Thailand’s media market growth over

the past year is well represented by OTT expansion and an increase in social

media usage.


The country’s MV Televsion (MVTV) group has collaborated with Hong Kong’s TVB to launch a THB200 million streaming service.


TVB Anywhere launched in January 2019 and features Chinese-language content for local audiences. The launch is part of TVB’s Southeast Asia expansion.

 

Lawyers say national use of online media is increasing as more users access social media.


The Bangkok Post reported that Thailand is in the world’s top 10 for social media use, adding that Facebook policy changes could reduce its coverage and lead to a 27 per cent increase in brand and advertising spend.

Media freedom has also been a national topic of focus as lawyers say press freedom has been affected under the rule of the National Council for Peace and Order, which plans reforms that regulate the media through “promoting ethics and standards for the profession”.

 

Other related news includes the continued development of the Internet of Things as its adoption increases rapidly.


The Bankgkok Post reports a rise that could transform Thailand into a leader in the Internet of Things among its member state peers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

THAILAND

TIER 1

The Baker McKenzie team acts for clients across the copyright spectrum. Television production companies, online service providers and fashion houses form the firm’s diverse client base. Managed by co-head Say Sujintaya, the practice group advises on the licensing of intellectual property, distributorship arrangements and legal aspects of franchising.


Tilleke & Gibbins works with clients from the film, television and radio segments on intellectual property-related matters. Led by Piyanuj Ratprasatporn and Jeffrey J. Blatt, the team provides ongoing assistance to Google and has assisted Tata Communications on net neutrality and zero rating.


TIER 2

Hunton Andrews Kurth maintains leadership in the local legal market with dynamic media sector coverage that includes entertainment and sports. Bangkok-based lawyers work on transactions, negotiations and dispute resolution on behalf of clients around the world.  


LawPlus represents clients from the film and music industries, providing specialist advice on a range of copyright matters. The IP and IT department is managed by Prasantaya Bantadtan and Kowit Somwaiya who work with the wider team providing local and cross-border advice.


Present since 1990, Siam Premier International has established a leading position with separate departments for media, telecommunications and intellectual property. The firm’s practitioners advise on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and technology law.s


TIER 3

International Legal Counsellors Thailand (ILCT) represents producers, presenters and actors. With a division dedicated to entertainment, the firm’s lawyers have extensive experience drafting motion picture contracts, including artist, modelling and presenter service contracts. The team also provides sector-related tax planning assistance.


With a digital media focus, the Rajah & Tann team has extensive experience advising on content license and distribution agreements. Rajesh Sreenivasan manages the TMT department, leading the team in its work with media regulators on behalf of its clients. The team is also recognised for its knowledge of data protection compliance.    


Formerly the Bangkok office of White & Case, Weerawong Chinnavat & Peangpanor

has become one of the largest independent law firms since its establishment in 2009. The practice specialises in intellectual property and works a range of cross-border cases handled by Sakchai Limsiripothong and the wider team.


TIER 1

Baker McKenzie

Tilleke & Gibbins


TIER 2

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet

Allen & Overy

Hunton Andrews Kurth

LawPlus

Siam Premier International


TIER 3

International Legal Counsellors Thailand (ILCT)   

Linklaters

Rajah & Tann

Weerawong Chinnavat & Peangpanor


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