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Combining the knowledge of local laws and cultures with a global reach is just one of the ways Baker & McKenzie separates itself from other firms. Our genuinely global perspective allows us to operate without boundaries around the world, in every jurisdiction that is important to your business.

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Media & Content in Australia

Baker & McKenzie has a dedicated Media and Content Group in Australia with the industry knowledge, cutting edge experience and technical skills required to provide a complete range of legal services to assist our clients in navigating the rapid changes taking place in this sector. The Group comprises lawyers who have worked in-house at leading media organisations giving them a unique commercial insight.

Modern media organisations operate in dynamic, multi-distribution platform environments. Traditional single-outlet models have disappeared with the "new media" space of internet and mobile communications. Convergence is rewriting the rules for media and content organisations. Regulatory reform and the rise of alternative delivery platforms are giving rise to new business models and investment opportunities. The legal challenges faced by media and content organisations and those investing in them are complex and wide ranging.

Our clients include new and established media entities in free-to-air TV, pay TV and radio, IPTV, telecommunications providers, online service providers and multimedia companies many of which are industry leaders and innovators, often breaking new ground in the media space.

Key Services

  • Media mergers & acquisitions
  • Content licensing
  • Content creation
  • Established and new media rights exploitation
  • Sports content rights
  • Advertising
  • Production and co-production agreements
  • Media ownership regulation
  • Content regulation
  • Pre-broadcast and publication content advice
  • Interactive gambling
  • Competition issues
  • Defamation & contempt
  • Copyright infringement
  • Format rights disputes
  • Misleading & deceptive conduct
  • Trademark infringement
  • Content licensing disputes

In a significant decision for content owners and cloud service providers, on Wednesday, 25 June 2014, the US Supreme Court ruled that Aereo Inc's online television streaming services violate copyright law by retransmitting television programming to the public without authorisation.
Russian regulatory authorities have required companies that collect personal data from Russian citizens to use databases located on Russian soil. They have recently moved the implementation deadline for this to 1 September 2015, one year earlier than initially set. Subordinate legislation to outline the specifics are expected in the near future.
As the European Union considers a common approach to ensure open internet access (“network neutrali-ty”), while allowing telecommunications providers to take reasonable traffic management measures, the German government has proposed to address “network neutrality” at a national level.
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We started with a vision of going global and were in eight countries before our 10th anniversary. Today we have 77 offices in 47 countries -- including the emerging markets so important to the growth of your business.
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