Music & entertainment law blog

Music & entertainment law blog

London entertainment law firm Crefovi is delighted to bring you this music & entertainment law blog, to provide you with forward-thinking and insightful information on hot business and legal issues in the music and entertainment sectors.

This music & entertainment law blog provides regular news and updates, and features summaries of recent news reports, on legal issues facing the global media and entertainment community, in particular in the United Kingdom and France. This music & entertainment law blog also provides timely updates and commentary on legal issues in the cinema, book publishing and music sectors. It is curated by the entertainment lawyers of our law firm, who specialise in advising our media & entertainment clients in London, Paris and internationally on all their legal issues.

London entertainment & media law firm advises, in particular, the fashion and luxury goods sectors, the music sector, film sector, art sector & high tech sector. Crefovi writes and curates this music & entertainment law blog to guide its clients through the complexities of media law.

We support our clients, who all work in the creative industries, in London, Paris and globally, in finding the best solutions to their various legal issues relating to business law, either on contentious or non-contentious matters.

Crefovi has a roster of music clients, ranging from music artists to record labels, and is a regular attendee of, and speaker at, entertainment business events, such as MIDEM, MaMa, SXSW, Comic Con, the Berlinale and EFM, the Cannes Film Festival & seminars organised by AIM, BPI, MPA and SACEM.

London entertainment law firm Crefovi believes that, due to exponential streaming of entertainment content, the music and film industries have radically and irrevocably changed in the last five years and that it is time for the entertainment sector to take stock and foster mutually beneficial partnerships between the music and film world, high tech companies and famous brands making their mark in the consumer goods & retail arena. Crefovi is there to support its entertainment clients in achieving this delicate balance in a fast-evolving environment.

Moreover, Crefovi has industry teams, built by experienced lawyers with a wide range of practice and geographic backgrounds. These industry teams apply their extensive industry expertise to best serve clients’ business needs. One of these industry teams is the Media & entertainment department, which curate this music & entertainment law blog below, for you.

Annabelle Gauberti, founding and managing partner of London entertainment and media law firm for the creative industries Crefovi, is also the president of the International association of lawyers for creative industries (ialci). This association is instrumental in providing very high quality seminars, webinars & brainstorming sessions on legal & business issues to which the creative industries are confronted.

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Microsoft & Activision Blizzard: competition authorities move towards merger control

Crefovi : 19/09/2022 8:00 am : Antitrust & competition, Articles, Entertainment & media, Gaming, Hostile takeovers, Information technology - hardware, software & services, Intellectual property & IP litigation, Internet & digital media, Mergers & acquisitions, News, Sports & esports, Technology transactions, Unsolicited bids, Webcasts & Podcasts

Since Microsoft announced its acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the largest independent video games’ developer and publisher worldwide, competitors and national competition authorities alike have been busy, around the world, in assessing the potential substantial lessening of competition that such a large deal may entail. Let’s dive in, and assess where this acquisition is at, in each country in which the competition authority is investigating its impact on competition in the respective national market.

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Sports arbitration & CAS: what key issues need to be addressed by CAS?

Crefovi : 12/09/2022 8:00 am : Articles, Entertainment & media, Gaming, Life sciences, Litigation & dispute resolution, News, Sports & esports, Webcasts & Podcasts

Resolving disputes in the sports’ world is often seen as an opaque and ‟old boys’ network” affair: are these prejudices justified? If so, does CAS do all it can to adequately address such issues, and ensure that its arbitration processes are fair, inclusive, impartial and independent? What are the hot topics on which CAS needs to review its position, in order to provide arbitral awards in line with the best possible justice granted in the 21st century?

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Resale price maintenance in the musical instruments industry: the CMA goes on a crusade

Crefovi : 26/08/2022 11:28 am : Antitrust & competition, Articles, Consumer goods & retail, Entertainment & media, Information technology - hardware, software & services, Litigation & dispute resolution, Music law, News, Webcasts & Podcasts

While at the Podcast show on 25 May 2022, I struck a conversation with Kevin Fairburn, senior account manager for the Japanese musical products brand Zoom at Sound Service MSL Distribution Ltd, who mentioned that online retailing of musical instruments (‟MI”) and products was more strictly regulated, in the United Kingdom (‟UK”), since its Competition and Markets Authority (‟CMA”) had handed down several decisions against top MI suppliers and retailers, such as Roland and Fender. Intrigued, I decided to dive in, and get to the bottom of these CMA cases which, according to Kevin, did a lot to make MI online retailing a better place for fairer competition. Here is what I found.

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Gaming, esports & dispute resolution: a brave new world

Crefovi : 09/08/2022 8:00 am : Articles, Entertainment & media, Gaming, Information technology - hardware, software & services, Internet & digital media, Litigation & dispute resolution, News, Sports & esports, Webcasts & Podcasts

Gaming, and the competitive games sector, in particular esports and virtual sports, are growing exponentially. The magnitude of such growth can be measured by global financial, economic and social metrics. While this development is no doubt advantageous for the sports, gaming and esports sectors, it raises issues in relation to the most adequate ways to resolve contractual, tort based, disciplinary and doping and digital doping disputes and cases arising out in this new ecosystem. Let’s explore what is at stake, here, and analyse the possible avenues to structure, and process in the most confidential, efficient and diligent way any dispute arising in the gaming, esports and virtual sports spheres.

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Four Tet v Domino: why pacific renegotiation of royalties’ rates on music streams is the best strategy for all involved

Crefovi : 31/07/2022 12:32 pm : Articles, Copyright litigation, Entertainment & media, Information technology - hardware, software & services, Intellectual property & IP litigation, Internet & digital media, Litigation & dispute resolution, Music law, Webcasts & Podcasts

The case Four Tet v Domino is the UK’s most recent example of music labels and recording artists battling it out, during the renegotiation of their respective share, on music streams’ royalties, away from sales, and as licenses. Why did Four Tet have to file his claims in court? What was the outcome? Was such strategy to escalate this royalties negotiation into full-blown litigation the smartest thing to do, for Domino, and for Four Tet?

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Arbitration & creative industries: what’s new?

Crefovi : 19/04/2022 12:46 pm : Articles, Copyright litigation, Employment, compensation & benefits, Entertainment & media, Gaming, Information technology - hardware, software & services, Intellectual property & IP litigation, Internet & digital media, Litigation & dispute resolution, Sports & esports, Trademark litigation, Webcasts & Podcasts

Back in 2018, I wrote an article on the use of alternative dispute resolution (‟ADR”) – in particular, arbitration – in the creative industries. On the back of the California arbitration week, and the Paris arbitration week, which both took place earlier this year in March and April 2022, it is worth revisiting whether ADR is really becoming the tool of choice, for the creative industries, to resolve their disputes.

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Exhaustion of rights: how to capitalise on UK’s intellectual property rights and parallel imports, post-Brexit

Crefovi : 06/04/2022 12:43 pm : Antitrust & competition, Articles, Consumer goods & retail, Copyright litigation, Entertainment & media, Fashion law, Intellectual property & IP litigation, Internet & digital media, Law of luxury goods, Life sciences, Music law, Trademark litigation, Webcasts & Podcasts

While the London Book Fair is back in full swing, which is a pleasant sight since the fair was cancelled in 2020 and only held online in 2021, I was reminded, yesterday, of the seminar I attended, on 10 March 2022, on ‟exhaustion of rights and downstream uses”, organised by the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (‟BLACA”). The presentations made by the speakers during this seminar, and in particular by Catriona Stevenson, general counsel of the book publishing trade body Publishers Association, gave me cause for concern. While I could not pinpoint exactly why their arguments on the best United Kingdom (‟UK”)’s future regime on exhaustion of intellectual property rights (‟IPRs”) were troubling me, I decided to zero in and focus on analysing this topic, in the article below.

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Actor agreements: how power is shifting back to movies studios and streaming platforms

Crefovi : 13/03/2022 2:59 pm : Articles, Copyright litigation, Employment, compensation & benefits, Entertainment & media, Intellectual property & IP litigation, Internet & digital media, Litigation & dispute resolution, Webcasts & Podcasts

The movie industry’s balance of power is strongly impacting actor agreements and how actors and actresses are treated by movie studios, film production companies and streaming platforms. While the current pendulum is shifting back to movie studios, streamers and film producers, actors still have many cards to play, in the new streaming era, to get the best deals.

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Reforming UK music law: making the music streaming market economically viable for all stakeholders

Crefovi : 07/02/2022 10:51 am : Antitrust & competition, Articles, Copyright litigation, Entertainment & media, Information technology - hardware, software & services, Intellectual property & IP litigation, Internet & digital media, Litigation & dispute resolution, Music law, Webcasts & Podcasts

There is a frenetic desire and attempt, displayed by several UK members of parliament, to overhaul the current legal framework applicable to the UK music streaming market. Why all the commotion? What is in the works? How do such lobbying endeavours compare to the recent legal changes implemented in the European Union music market? What’s going to happen now, in the UK and elsewhere, to replace music creators at the heart of the music streaming ecosystem and supply chain?

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Loan-out companies and loan-out agreements: how to use them in the new IR35 landscape, in the UK?

Crefovi : 29/11/2021 10:13 am : Articles, Copyright litigation, Emerging companies, Employment, compensation & benefits, Entertainment & media, Gaming, Information technology - hardware, software & services, Intellectual property & IP litigation, Internet & digital media, Music law, Sports & esports, Trademark litigation, Webcasts & Podcasts

Perhaps surprisingly in a Conservative government, the IR35 rules have been tightened, in order to ensure that the taxman gets its fair share of revenues, when creators and their clients enter into entertainment, film, media and professional sports contractual arrangements. What is at stake for the creative industries in the UK? How to make the most of loan-out companies and loan-out agreements, while ensuring compliance with the revised IR35 rules?

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