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Media and Entertainment

New technologies, changing user preferences and international competition changes the media landscape and existing business models. Norwegian media markets have been in the forefront of this development.

We have worked with national and international media and entertainment business and know the markets and challenges facing media business.

We provide legal advice when negotiating new agreements, we know the regulatory landscape and we provide strategic legal advice in relation to the development of new business models. We also assist with dispute resolution.

Our focus is to provide pragmatic and efficient solutions that reduce legal risk and support value creation.

Clients enjoy the team's "swift and precise" responses and highlight "a very good understanding of business."

Areas of Expertise

  • Content distribution

    Offering film, sports, series, music and other content to consumers require the licensing of copyright and other related rights. We have broad experience negotiating licensing agreements for audio-visual content distribution. We also assist users with clearance of rights with collective management organizations.

    Our aim is to find commercial and flexible solutions that support risk management and value creation.

    If legal dispute arise, we offer strategic advice and dispute resolution assistance.

  • Transmission

    Consumption of media content require transmission of digital signals. We have broad experience both with transmission agreements and regulatory issues concerning e.g. broadband distributors’ liability for content distributed in their networks.

  • Regulatory

    We have detailed knowledge of the regulatory framework governing the media markets. We have inter alia been involved in many of the legislative processes leading to new regulation in the media markets both on a national and EU/EEA-level.

  • Sports

    Sports rights are among the most valuable media rights. We provide assistance with licensing issues and strategic legal advice regarding exploitation of sports rights. We also have broad experience with international sport licensing agreements.

  • Music

    We assist users with clearance of rights to music, and have broad experience in e.g. negotiating with collective management organizations for music rights.

  • Defamation and privacy

    We advise on a regular basis on principle issues regarding the right to information, freedom of speech and privacy. We assist in defamation cases and litigation within the area.

  • Dispute resolution

    Disputes within this sector are often complex. We have broad experience on dispute resolution within the media sector and have been involved in a number of major disputes.

    In Hjort, it is the lawyers working in the practice area on a daily basis that represent our clients before the courts or in arbitration. We thus ensure that clients have the advantage of our market knowledge also in dispute situations.