Jenner & Block

Content, Media & Entertainment

Jenner & Block’s Content, Media & Entertainment practice unites a set of highly skilled and nationally known attorneys who use their legal experience and business savvy to help content providers succeed.  Whether they are known as copyright lawyers, technology attorneys, business litigators, First Amendment advocates, IP transactional attorneys, trademark litigators or something else, these lawyers have one thing in common:  They understand the highly complex and constantly changing challenges distinct to companies in the content, media and entertainment industries.

The Content, Media & Entertainment practice and its attorneys are widely recognized as among the best in the country. 

The Legal 500 has twice heralded Jenner & Block’s copyright practice as No. 1 in the United States: “a pre-eminent choice for copyright litigation”; “widely regarded as one of the elite class” of copyright practices, with a “looming presence in the entertainment industry” and a client base “dominated by A-list heavyweights in the entertainment field.” 

Chambers, too, has awarded the practice its highest “Band 1” ranking.  The National Law Journal, Chambers, Legal 500, The Legal Times, The Hollywood Reporter, the Washington Business Journal, and others, all have recognized our Content, Media & Entertainment attorneys as top in their field. 

In 2010 and 2011, Managing Intellectual Property magazine named Jenner & Block the Copyright Firm of the Year.  And, in 2012, Chambers USA awarded the Content, Media & Entertainment practice its top honor for “Excellence” in Media, observing that the Firm “has an unparalleled track record in media and entertainment litigation, particularly involving copyright and content protection issues.”

We recognize that in the current environment companies in the content, media and entertainment sectors need multidisciplinary strategies to best protect their business interests, leverage the content they create, and secure that content from piracy and other threats.  To meet these needs, Jenner & Block lawyers have experience:

  • Helping content industries develop strategies and secure critical litigation victories in the fight to stop piracy of their creative properties online and through new products and technologies.
  • Litigating disputes that arise from all forms of commercial exploitation of intellectual property, including issues relating to copyright infringement, rights of publicity, theft of ideas, renewal and termination rights, works-for-hire, fair use and royalty accounting.
  • Serving as "go-to" business litigators for entertainment sector clients in their most important cases across a range of issues from antitrust to consumer class actions to securities, and many others.
  • Advising clients on complex issues regarding the application of copyright and related laws to new business models and evolving technologies.
  • Assisting companies in a broad range of transactions to develop, acquire and commercialize intellectual property and technology.
  • Litigating rate-setting proceedings to ensure that copyright holders and artists receive fair royalty rates when their creations are performed over the Internet, via satellite and over other media.
  • Counseling copyright holders on policy and legislative efforts.
  • Fighting against governmental efforts to regulate entertainment properties on the basis of their content or expression.
  • Litigating trademark infringement, unfair competition, trade secret and similar cases to help content companies protect their valuable brands, goodwill and ingenuity from all forms of unlawful misappropriation.

Within the Content, Media & Entertainment practice, attorneys focus in several interrelated areas: Advanced Media |  Content Protection; Copyright and Entertainment Litigation; Business Litigation for Entertainment Sector Companies; IP Transactions; Copyright Policy and Counseling; Royalty and Rate-Setting Litigation; Media and First Amendment; and Trademark and Unfair Competition.