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Lawyers say developments in the area of music authors’ rights in Greece are part of a “never-ending adventure”.
The Special Service of Emergency Rights Management (EYED), established in 2018 as a temporary entity, ceased operation in June 2020. This made way for a newly established self-managed collective management organisation for music authors, EDEM.
Kriton Metaxopoulos, A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners commented: “The succession followed months of confrontations between music authors themselves as well as between a number of authors and the Greek Ministry of Culture, firstly regarding the delay in granting an operating license to the new CMO EDEM, and later regarding the specifics of the succession of EYED by EDEM.”
Mr Metaxopoulos added: “All in all, the situation regarding collective management for music authors’ rights in Greece remains quite uncertain and
unstable, and is still developing towards a landscape that is not easy to predict.”
Other market developments include new trademark law 4679/2020, superseding law 4072/2012.
Speaking about the new legislative change, Mr Metaxopoulos said: “By virtue of this new Law, the national (Greek) trademarks are confronted in many aspects in the same way as the European Union Trademarks; therefore, one would say that the new Greek Trademark Law follows the practices of the EU Regulation 2017/1001, which is important also because foreign (non-Greek) entities are now aware of the particularities of the legal system regulating trademarks in Greece.”
A&K Metaxopoulos & Partners has a high profile reputation and corresponding client base. The media team is described by clients as “extremely professional and always delivers on objectives without exception”. The firm has strengthened its position with clients Thomson Reuters, Fromageries Bel, Hospira and Conde Nast and acquired new domestic clients including Mad Melody and 14 Music Co. Working with Irini Daroussou, managing partner Kriton Metaxopoulos advised a music content provider on agreements with licensors, musical authors and artists. Other work handled by the firm includes rights disputes and television advertising restrictions.
Media law specialist Dimitris Emvalomenos manages the commercial practice at Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners. Its primary focus is on intellectual property, data protection, licensing and e-commerce. Lawyers also have significant experience working on distribution and franchise agreements. The firm has a long-standing presence, dating back to 1970 and is recognised for providing high quality advice to local and global clients.
Bernitsas Law is held in high regard by its competitors. The firm’s leading position is attributed to its diverse sector coverage. Lawyers have extensive experience assisting with media sector commercial agreements, including production, transmission and advertising agreements. The team also advises on media sponsorship contracts and advertising restrictions.
Active in the electronics sector, Cocalis & Partners is a leading choice for digital media matters. The firm’s members served on the Board of Directors of the first pay television platform and have advised on matters ranging from broadcasting licensing to competition law. Head of department Alkiviades C. Psarras and his team have extensive experience advising on business and regulatory matters.
The media and entertainment department at Avramopoulos & Partners handles litigation and content-related disputes on behalf of newspapers, magazines, film and television production companies and advertising agencies. Lawyers advise international studios and domestic production companies on matters ranging from film financing, tax planning and copyright.
Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates focusses on media, advertising and data protection. The firm combines intellectual property and communications providing multidisciplinary advice. Managed by George Ballas, the team advises on contentious and non-contentious matters locally and abroad.
Calavros Law Firm routinely assists clients with all legal aspects of copyright development, acquisition and protection. Lawyers work with broadcasting companies and telecommunications corporations. Co-founding partner Artemis Tsilika is the firm’s key contact specialising in intellectual property law at consultation and litigation level.
Lawyers at Drakopoulos Law have significant experience assisting with licensing and technology transfer agreements. The team advises clients from the entertainment and publishing sectors on advertising, unfair competition and new media. With offices in Greece, Romania and Albania, the firm has an established presence locally and in Southeast Europe.
Mourgelas & Associates specialises in the media and advertising sectors. Lawyers assist with marketing and communication matters including regulation and policy. The firm also has a separate sports practice representing Greek and international athletes and agents on legislative, regulatory and contractual matters. Other areas of work include extrajudicial settlement of claims.
Libel and privacy specialist Tsoukala & Partners is described by clients as “prompt and efficient”. Head of the TMT division Eleni Tsoukala is “extremely capable of handling complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions”. The full-service firm represents clients in libel cases, assists with corporate transactions and advices on regulatory matters.
Sarantitis Law Firm acts for television and satellite broadcasters, radio stations, newspapers and magazines. Also handling corporate transactions, the group advises on the acquisition of media corporations and compliance with local regulation. Lawyers represent clients before the Radio-TV National Council, the Ministry of Press and Media and Administrative Authorities.
A&K Metaxopoulos & Partners
Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners
Cocalis & Partners
Zepos & Yannopoulos
Avramopoulos & Partners
Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates
Calavros Law Firm
Mourgelas & Associates
Nikolinakos & Partners
Tsoukala & Partners
Dryllerakis & Associates
Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates
Koutalidis Law Firm
Politis & Partners
Sarantitis Law Firm
Elias Paraskevas Attorneys
Karatzas & Partners
Lambadarios Law Firm
Vainanidis, Economou & Associates
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