Media, Defamation & Broadcasting

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Through years of professional involvement with the media and communications industries, we are recognised as specialist legal advisers in media, broadcasting, communications, information technology, censorship, and defamation law including:

  • Legal opinions (on an ad hoc basis) to certain national TV and radio broadcasting institutions such as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service. These relationships have seen the firm Provide commercial and technical legal advice with respect to financing, film, television and music production agreements and documentation.
  • Litigate extensively in defamation for both plaintiff and defendant, mainly in the Supreme Court of NSW, representing authors, publishers, filmmakers, broadcasters and others.
  • Specialist legal advice for commercial and government broadcasters on a project-by-project basis.
  • Advice for Commercial Television Australia (CTVA) (previously the Federation of Australian Commercial Television Stations) concerning film funding and government policies in respect of media
  • Advice concerning the acquisition and leasing of satellite transponders to both government broadcasters and to the Federal Department of Communications Information Technology and the Arts .
  • Regularly liaising with commercial, government and pay television operators in respect of product acquisition.
  • Drafting the Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry on Radiocommunications as a pro bono activity, ad hoc pro bono advice to the EFA, and pro bono representation to the new Sydney Community Television licence holder Television Sydney.
  • Active industry involvement advice and representation in Classification and Censorship for television, film, the Internet and mobile phone networks.
  • Advice on all aspects of information technology including innovation, development, financing, regulatory requirements and compliance as well as implementation across established and emerging media and platforms.
  • Advising ACCC on compulsory licensing for music and copyright reproduction, APRA AMCOS
  • Advising Australian Directors Guild on Directors rights and royalty entitlements from broadcasting and communication to the public
  • Advising and participating on the Australian Research Council (ARC) review on “Inhibitions and Problems Facing Sustainability and Growth of the Independent Film and Television Production Sector”
  • Advising European content providers on liability and accountability od internet service providers for unauthorised reproduction of content

Overlapping our specialist knowledge of the LITERATURE industries, we provide legal advice about the potential defamatory nature of publications, broadcasts, manuscripts and the like.

Contact us to find out more from our Sydney media lawyers.