Media & Entertainment
Maitland Chambers offers a wide range of experience in this field. We are regularly instructed by major record labels, film, television and theatre producers, directors, broadcasters, publishers, newspapers and distribution companies as well as artists, performers, composers, writers, managers and agents.
Members of Chambers act for the major UK collecting societies and industry bodies. Our expertise embraces all aspects of the media and entertainment industries and covers, in particular, licensing agreements and contractual disputes, royalty payments, rights infringement claims, issues arising out of co-productions and joint ventures, and grants of media and broadcasting rights.
Our members are also able to draw upon their expertise in commercial, insolvency, and property disputes in order to advise on disputes in the media and entertainment sector featuring these angles.
We provide expertise in intellectual property rights, in particular copyright, performers’ rights, passing off, trade marks, breach of confidence and image rights. We also advise and represent businesses involved in online exploitation and providers of information society services.
Our members appear regularly in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court in media and entertainment disputes and have particular expertise of acting in cases before the specialist Copyright Tribunal.
SOME OF OUR RECENT NOTEWORTHY CASES INCLUDE:
- TuneIn Inc v Warner Music UK Ltd  EWCA Civ 441
- Capitol Records v British Telecommunications Plc  EWHC 409 (Ch)
- Young Turks Recordings Ltd v British Telecommunications Plc  EWHC 410 (Ch)
- Performing Right Society Ltd v Qatar Airways Group QCSC  EWHC 1872 (Ch)
- European Film Bonds A/S v Lotus Holdings LLC  EWHC 1115 (Ch)
- Cartier International AG v British Telecommunications Plc  UKSC 28