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BELGIUM

The year 2024 began with an agreement for a common framework for Belgium’s media services within the EU.


The European Media Freedom Act introduces measures intended to protect journalists and media provides from political interference, as well as make it easer for them to operate across the EU’s internal borders.


On 19 January, ambassadors of EU member states endorsed the agreement between the Council and the European Parliament’s negotiators on a new law that will also safeguard media freedom, media pluralism and editorial independence.


The agreement, formally adopted by both institutions in April 2024, was welcomed by ministers. Speaking on the same day as the endorsement, Benjamin Dalle, Flemish Minister for Brussels Affairs, Youth, Media and Poverty

Reduction, said: “This is the first endorsement of a provisional agreement on culture and media under the Belgian Presidency, building on the efforts of the Spanish Presidency. Today is a landmark day for media freedom and pluralism in the EU. This new regulation will protect journalists and their sources and will allow citizens to make informed decisions on the basis of plural and independent information.”


In related developments, Belgium’s print newspaper and magazine market is projected to reach a revenue of USS0.84 billion in 2024, and a market volume of USD0.74 billion by 2029, according to Statista’s market forecast.

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Although FENCER was only founded in July 2020, its team, led by Paul Maeyaert, is anything but new to the market. FENCER has assisted famous right owners, artists, art galleries, online and offline publishers, producers and broadcasting companies on copyright and other Intellectual Property related issues. Paul Maeyaert, together with his team-member Caro Van Wichelen, has also frequently litigated high-profile cases on freedom of speech, the right to reply, defamation claims and image rights.


Clients appoint Koan Law Firm on account of its “quality, efficiency and correct remuneration”. The team is “always on track and always on time”. The firm’s emphasis on media is matched by a specialisation in advertising and copyright law. The team advises clients from the media, technology and IP segments. Partners are credited with having exceptional experience working with clients from the press, cinema and audio-visual production sectors. Other areas of focus include film financing and product placement.  


With combined focus on media, IP and IT MVVP adopts a multidisciplinary approach to sector-related work. Core areas of competence include television, motion pictures, music, advertising and sports. The team includes litigation and arbitration specialists who routinely advise on the protection of creative works, licensing of technology, computer software, multimedia and telecommunications.


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Crowell & Moring is highly reputed for its leading focus on an extensive range of segments across media and technology. In addition to traditional areas of advice, the team works on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and financing transactions. The litigation team advises on antitrust regulation, privacy and data collection rights.


Fieldfisher acts for independent film producers and distributors in copyright disputes and negotiates media-related agreements. The practice advises providers of audio-visual content, advertisers and communications agencies. The team has extensive experience advising on film and sports law.


Focussed on copyright and media, Hoyng Rokh Monegier lawyers litigate on behalf of rights holders in high profile cases. Working with publishers, broadcasters, artists and producers the team advises on local and cross-border issues and negotiates complex agreements.The team also regularly advises on regulatory frameworks.


The media team at & De Bandt advises on television formats, privacy, freedom of the press and liability for publication. Lawyers negotiate international entertainment contracts, assist with litigation before the courts and advise on competition law. The firm also handles commercial matters, working on national and international business litigation. The practice has two decades of experience representing television stations, musicians, publishers and artists.


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Altius combines media and intellectual property with its emphasis on entertainment segments. The team advises on television and filmed entertainment, games and music. The team works on wide-ranging cases involving pre-publication advice and clearance, licensing agreements and rights disputes.  


CMS’ work includes commercial and corporate matters connected with media sector activity. The intellectual property team advises on privacy, distribution law and commercial litigation. Lawyers also assist broadcasters and satellite operators with regulatory and licensing matters. Other clients include e-commerce companies and international football organisations.


NautaDutilh works on industry-related commercial and regulatory matters. The team has significant experience advising on copyright and IT matters. Other areas of focus include litigation and arbitration. The firm’s clients include Warner Bros., Coca Cola and NOS.


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FENCER

Koan Law Firm

MVVP


TIER 2

Allen & Overy

Crowell & Moring

Fieldfisher

Hoyng Rokh Monegier

& De Bandt

 

TIER 3

Altius

CMS

DLA Piper

NautaDutilh

Petillion


TIER 4

Bird & Bird

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Monard Law

Timelex

Van Innis & Delarue

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