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From a business perspective, gaming and esports are among the country’s fast-growing market segments, say lawyers, while the implementation of the EU’s AVMS and Copyright Directives continue to create legal work across the industry.
Martin Dahl Pedersen, Partner at Kromann Reumert, explained: “In respect of the implementation of the Copyright Directive, it is still not clear how the important provisions on "press clippings" and the liability of internet platforms will be implemented. That work will still keep the media businesses busy in the coming period.”
Denmark’s streaming boom continues amid Covid-19, which led to global demand for content following stay-at-home measures.
Mr Pedersen noted: “In respect of high frequency work, it has definitely been advising industries within theatre, publishing, football, music and concert halls on Covid-19 issues.”
Other developments include the acquisition of North Media Aviser by Jysk Fynske Media for an undisclosed sum in April last year. North Media’s titles included Helsingør Dagblad, Lokalavisen Nordsjælland, eight local newspapers in Copenhagen as well as news site kbhLIV.dk.
Lasse Wulff Hansen, CEO of North Media Newspapers, commented on the decision to sell popular title Helsingør Dagblad,
Mr Hansen said: “Over the past six months, we have increased investment in digital development and media consultancy to create a sustainable operation of Dagbladet, but unfortunately the corona crisis has removed the basis for those investments.”
Bech-Bruun’s media focus includes music games, marketing and publishing. The media and entertainment practice has a particular emphasis on commercial matters and competition issues. The IP, Media and Entertainment team is managed by Niels M. Andersen, and advises on film, television advertisements, sport and sponsor agreements as well as press law.
is a prestigious practice known for its extensive coverage of media and entertainment sectors. The firm is appointed by clients from television, radio, sports, publishing, online media and film. Working with Linnea Clara Klingberg-Jensen, head of the media law division Martin Dahl Pedersen advised on the media’s right to protect sources. The team also advised on an arbitration case against the Danish Association of Football Clubs.
Bird & Bird specialises in digital publication and digital content rights. The firm is also appointed by clients in cases of defamation, privacy and freedom of speech regarding commercial statements. The media team is headed by Peer Pedersen and works with clients from the audio-visual, marketing and online sectors. Clients describe the team as “always very efficient, fast and accurate in their work”. One client highlights lawyers as having “deep and far reaching understanding of the media sector and having been so close to the industry, is very commercially minded and knowledgeable on the sector.”
Gorrissen Federspiel has established a specialised cross practice group focussed on media, entertainment and telecommunications. The firm is rising in prominence with instruction from across the audio-visual segment. Joint heads Martin André Dittmer and Lasse Arffmann Søndergaard Christensen lead the media team in its advice on regulation, competition, disputes and corporate transactions. In representative work the firm assisted Bauer Media Group with the acquisition of SBS Discovery’s commercial radio stations. According to one client, the team has “a unique combination of the highest level of competencies in competition law, economics and procurement of media rights, both in terms of contracting and legal issues”.
Media law specialist Lassen Ricard acts for broadcasters and entertainment companies in a multitude of cases. Led by managing partner Peter Lambert, the team advises television and radio operators on distribution and retransmission of content, copyright and marketing. Terese Foged has extensive experience in cases involving digital copyright and acquisition by television stations of rights to linear and on-demand use including third-party exploitation of rights. The team also advises on legislative frameworks.
Nielsen Nørager focusses on entertainment. Lawyers advise on agreements for production, financing of films and on disputes relating to film rights. The practice group, managed by Henrik Peytz, has considerable experience acting for clients from the radio, television and telecommunications sectors. The team also specialises in competition law.
The media team at Bruun & Hjejle has broad experience representing media companies and individuals in defamation and privacy cases. Morten Stadil and Olaf Koktvedgaard are the firm’s primary contacts who work closely with the data protection group. The team also advises on intellectual property in the context of mergers and acquisitions. The team advises multiple television networks in cases involving investment, mergers and litigation.
Pernille Nørkær manages the media division which also specialises in entertainment and sports. The firm’s client portfolio includes artists, writers, athletes and sponsors. Lawyers also advise on dispute resolution and intellectual property, including image rights.
NJORD Law Firm is building a leading position as local media expert with a global portfolio that includes entertainment and sports clients. Led by Jeppe Brogaard Clausen, the team assisted HBO in Denmark and Norway on media matters. The team also advised one of the world’s largest media groups on an ongoing basis on personal data protection legislation, compliance and transfer of data to third parties under the Safe Harbour regime. Lawyers also have a particular focus on copyright across the Nordic countries.
Horten specialises in online distribution advice. Lawyers work with media and entertainment clients on matters including classic publishing agreements, record contracts and television production agreements. The team advises on complex cases relating to the new distribution forms of music, film and television on all platforms. Heidi Steen Jensen is among key practitioners, as is Hans Abildstrøm, and specialises in gaming.
RANKING AND EDITORIALS
Bird & Bird
Bruun & Hjejle
NJORD Law Firm
Jon Palle Buhl
Poul Schmith/ Kammeradvokaten
Løje, Arnesen & Meedom
Nyborg & Rordam