Find Lawyers in Paris, France for Entertainment Law
Practice Area Overview
There is no legal definition under French law of what entertainment law covers unlike copyright or trademark laws. The term “Entertainment” generally refers to activities allowing men to spend their free time having fun. These activities cover notably plastic and graphic arts, cinema, performing arts, music, reading, games (including video games), sports, television, radio, etc.
The implementation of these activities requires the involvement of various participants such a performers (musicians, actors, etc.), authors (directors, screenwriters, composers, choreographers, set designers, etc.), stage directors, game developers, presenters, players, athletes, inventors, production companies, publishing companies, distribution companies, collecting rights societies, etc. These activities also imply the compliance with a set of laws and regulations relating to the different related sectors.
Law firms practicing entertainment law must implement different areas of law (copyright law, trademark law, communication law, advertising law, tax law, labor law, commercial law, civil law including contract law, digital law, etc.) in order to advise and represent theirs clients in the development, organization, implementation, and monitoring of these entertainment activities, whether on contractual, regulatory, litigation, or pre-litigation matters.
Law firms therefore regularly intervene in the drafting and negotiation of contracts between the different participants of the sector, such as:
- development agreements, production agreements, financing agreements, publishing agreements, distribution of works agreements (video games, mobile app, audiovisual works, musical works, software, performing arts, etc.);
- agreements with performing artists, authors, extras, film directors, game designer; 3D models agreements; motion capture agreements, etc.
- content license agreements and assignment of intellectual property rights agreements;
- product placement agreements;
- agreements with collecting rights societies (SACEM, SACD, etc.);
- agreement relating to advertising and communication; sponsorship agreements, etc.
Law firms also defend and represent their clients in ligation cases relating to the infringement of their rights or the violation of agreements due to for instance the reproduction and broadcast of copyrighted works on unauthorized media or under unauthorized conditions.
Some sectors (television, radio, sports, gambling, etc.) are subject to regulatory authorities to which certain authorizations must be requested. Law firms practicing entertainment law are therefore also asked to represent and assist their clients in obtaining these authorizations.
Lastly, it should be noted that entertainment law is one of the first sectors to be affected by the rise of digital and communication networks, which means that lawyers practicing entertainment law should have a good knowledge of digital law.
Il n’existe pas de définition légale en droit français de ce que recouvre le droit du divertissement contrairement au droit d’auteur ou au droit des marques. La notion de divertissement renvoie aux activités permettant aux hommes d’occuper leur temps libre en s’amusant. Ces activités peuvent notamment recouvrir les arts plastiques et graphiques, le cinéma, le spectacle vivant, la musique, la lecture, le jeu (dont le jeu vidéo), le sport, la télévision, la radio, etc.
La mise en œuvre de ces activités suppose l’intervention de différents protagonistes tels que des artistes-interprètes (musiciens, acteurs, etc.), des auteurs (réalisateurs, scénaristes, compositeurs, chorégraphes, créateurs de décors, etc.), des metteurs en scène, des développeurs de jeux vidéo, des présentateurs, des joueurs, des sportifs, des inventeurs, des sociétés de production, d’édition, de distribution, des sociétés de gestion collective, etc. Ces activités impliquent également le respect d’un ensemble de dispositions légales et réglementaires afférentes aux différents secteurs d’activités concernés.
La pratique du droit du divertissement par les cabinets d’avocats consiste ainsi en la mise en œuvre de différents domaines du droit (droit de la propriété littéraire et artistique, droit des marques, droits de la communication, droit de la publicité, droit fiscal, droit du travail, droit commercial, droit civil dont le droit des contrats, droit du numérique etc.) afin de conseiller et représenter leurs clients dans le cadre du développement, de l’organisation, de la mise en œuvre et du suivi de ces activités de divertissement, tant en matière contractuelle, réglementaire, précontentieuse ou contentieuse.
Les cabinets d’avocats interviennent donc régulièrement dans la rédaction et la négociation de contrats conclus entre les différents protagonistes du secteur, tels que :
- contrats de développement, de production, de financement, d’édition, de distribution d’œuvres (jeux vidéo, applications mobiles, œuvres audiovisuelles, musicales, informatiques, spectacles, etc.) ;
- contrats d’artistes interprètes, auteurs, figurants, réalisateurs, game designer, modélisation 3D, motion capture, etc.
- contrats de licence de contenus et de cession de droits de propriété intellectuelle ;
- contrats de placement de produits ;
- contrats avec les sociétés de gestion collective (SACEM, SACD, etc.) ;
- contrats relatifs à la publicité et la communication, contrats de parrainage ; etc.
Les cabinets d’avocats sont également amenés à défendre et représenter leurs clients dans le cadre de contentieux relatifs à la violation de leurs droits ou de contrats par exemple par la diffusion ou la reproduction d’œuvres protégées sur des supports non autorisés ou dans des conditions non autorisées.
Certains secteurs (télévision, radio, sport, jeux d’argent, etc.) sont soumis à des autorités de régulation auprès desquelles certaines autorisations doivent être demandées. Les cabinets d’avocats intervenant dans le secteur du divertissement sont donc également amenés à représenter et accompagner leurs clients dans l’obtention de ces autorisations.
Enfin, il est à noter que le droit du divertissement est un des premiers secteurs concernés par l’essor du numérique et des réseaux de communication, ce qui implique une bonne connaissance du droit du numérique par les juristes dans ces secteurs.
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Julien Brunet joined SPRING LEGAL in October 2017. He is practicing with Karine Riahi within the Entertainment law and IT Department. Julien passed the California bar exam in 2021 and is Partner since January 2022. Before his graduation in 2016 of a Master of Laws (LL.M), Entertainment, Media & Intellectual Property Law Specialization at UCLA school of Law, Julien has been working in France for three years as a lawyer specializing in Entertainment Law. This experience allowed him to gain ...
Georgie Courtois focuses on all aspects of NTIC (computer law, internet-related matters, data protection, cryptology…), intellectual property (copyright, trademark and domain name infringement) and commercial law. He represents clients in complex litigation before civil, commercial and criminal courts and before supervisory authorities. He also assists clients with consultation, contractual drafting and negotiation. Georgie is passionate about technology. This special understanding of ...
Louis de Gaulle is involved in matters requiring diverse and extensive legal experience both in litigation and transactions. He regularly appears before civil, administrative and arbitration courts. Louis de Gaulle’s legal strategy acumen and innovative capacity in the management of cases is praised by his clients. He specialises in intellectual property, new technologies, commercial law and public law.He is a certified specialist in Intellectual Property and Commercial Law at the Paris...
A graduate of Sciences Po Paris and holder of a 3rd Cycle in Intellectual Property from the University of Paris II, Julien Grosslerner began his career at TF1 where he held the position of Legal Manager of the Entertainment division until 2007. Subsequently, he will hold the position of Deputy Director of Lansing at SACEM, then Deputy General Counsel of Banijay, Stéphane Courbit’s audiovisual production group. He then joined the American group NBCUniversal to take over the Legal ...
Julien Horn focuses on information technology and intellectual property litigation. He also handles transactional and contractual work on IP and IT assets. Julien Horn’s litigation practice is prominent in the field of software litigation, patent litigation, and trademark litigation. He has also acquired significant expertise in the planning and monitoring of innovative mass litigation campaigns for IT and software companies. He regularly publishes articles on IP and IT issues in the le...
Rhadamès Killy specializes in IP/IT law and commercial law, with a strong emphasis on the sports and gaming sectors.Before joining de Gaulle Fleurance & Associés in 2012, Rhadamès Killy was the General Counsel for the French Online Gaming Regulatory Authority (ARJEL). From 2002 until 2009, he was the legal director of the French Tennis Federation and the French Open (Roland-Garros). In 1994, Rhadamès Killy began his career in London at the IMG European head off...
Eric Lauvaux is one of the founding partners of Nomos. Eric Lauvaux is experienced in the music and audiovisual sectors where he advises international groups and professional organisations. He is very active in the implementation of the new directives where he advises professional associations and international groups. Working for the media industry for years, Eric Lauvaux has developed an expertise allowing to assist clients in the development of their new models. Eric Lauvaux also represent...
Serge Lederman intervenes as counsel as well as in litigation in industrial property law in sectors as diverse as fashion, design and media and the food industry, and literary and artistic property law in the areas of art, media and communication. Recognised by his clients for his analysis of litigious matters and the stakes at hand, as well as his sharp grasp of litigious strategies, Serge Lederman advises companies and institutions on an international level and on domestic operations. He is...
Francine Le Péchon-Joubert has developed in-depth expertise on all complex copyright, trademark and patent issues and in all types of contracts and proceedings in connection with intellectual property and data processing.She is also in charge of the optimisation and the protection of a vast portfolio of renowned brands worldwide.Francine Le Péchon-Joubert handled several disputes relating to the abrupt rupture of commercial relations and is active on issues of licensing and othe...
Fabienne Panneau joined DLA Piper in 2010. With her team of three associates, she leads the litigation practice of the IPT department. Drawing on her experience and in-depth expertise in procedural and judicial strategy, she advises and assists her clients mainly in the distribution and new technologies sectors and assists them in all related litigation (contractual relations, restrictive competition practices, misleading and unfair commercial practices, unfair competition, IT projects, Inter...
Charles-Edouard Renault specializes in media, audiovisual and entertainment law, as both advisor and litigator and is thus continually at the forefront of new developments linked to content and technology in the production sector (website content, film restoration and digitalization, VOD and SVOD etc.), film finance and M&A operation in the entertainment sector as well as in communication crisis (corporate or professional e-reputation protection, follow-up of online audio and video playba...
Frank Valentin leads the Intellectual Property practice in France. He also has significant experience in anti-counterfeiting campaigns for IT and software companies, along with experience in IT and life sciences patent litigation. Specialized in complex litigation (trademark, patent, copyright), the search for innovative legal strategies has become the key focus of his team. He advises mainly in the TMT sector (technology, media and telecommunications), in particular with US industry leaders,...
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