Content, Media and Entertainment

Jenner & Block’s Content, Media and Entertainment (CME) practice unites a set of highly skilled and nationally recognized lawyers who use their legal experience and business savvy to help content providers succeed.  Whether they are known as premier copyright or trademark lawyers, experienced advisors on First Amendment or right of publicity issues, business litigators, dealmakers, 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 and Entertainment practice and its attorneys are widely recognized as among the best in the country.  Selected as "Practice Group of the Year: Media & Entertainment" by Law360 in 2021, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2011, our CME lawyers are lauded for their headline-grabbing work in industry-changing matters.  The CME practice has previously been honored twice with the Chambers USA "Award for Excellence," recognizing Jenner & Block as the country's top Media & Entertainment law firm.  The team is noted by Chambers USA as having “an outstanding reputation in the media and entertainment space, offering clients in the motion picture, television and music industries exceptional representation in precedent-setting litigation.”  Client comments from the ranking also recognize the practice for its “unparalleled track record in media and entertainment litigation, particularly involving copyright and content protection issues.”

In 2022, Jenner & Block was one of only 10 firms to receive nationwide recognition by Chambers USA in the category of “Intellectual Property: Copyright, Trademark and Trade Secrets.” In addition, the practice is highly ranked in Media & Entertainment in California, New York, Washington, DC and Illinois. The Legal 500 consistently ranks us in Tier 1 in Copyright and has previously heralded Jenner & Block as the No. 1 copyright practice in the United States three times, noting our practice as "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."  Managing Intellectual Property magazine has also named Jenner & Block “National Copyright Firm of the Year” four times; the firm has also been named “National Appellate Firm of the Year” and regional “Copyright Firm of the Year” (East), in addition to receiving an Editor’s Choice Award for our role in the milestone case Capitol Records v.MP3tunes

Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Law360, Billboard, Legal Times, Daily JournalCalifornia Lawyer, the Washington Business Journal and others have recognized our Content, Media and Entertainment lawyers as preeminent in their fields.
Our strength comes from our lawyers' passion for the industry, the fact that our long-term clients are currently, and have historically been, at the forefront of the legal and business issues confronting the industry, and the collaboration among our multi-disciplinary team members, all of which is brought to bear whether we are engaged for litigation, strategic acquisitions, joint venture formation, regulatory or other matters. We have recently handled some of the most important content protection matters facing the media and entertainment industry, including WNET v. Aereo, Universal Recordings v. Escape Media Group ( and Fox v. Dish. These groundbreaking cases are changing law and impacting the way business is conducted and content is delivered. In addition, we have a rich history of handling some of the most important online copyright cases of our time, including MGM Studios v. Grokster, Viacom v. YouTube and Columbia Pictures v. Fung (isoHunt)