Jenner & Block

Content, Media & Entertainment

Jenner & Block’s Content, Media & Entertainment (CME) 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, business litigators, First Amendment advocates, IP transactional attorneys, trademark litigators, privacy attorneys, 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. In May 2014, the practice won the Chambers USA “Award for Excellence” in Media & Entertainment, a prestigious honor that shines a “spotlight on the firms and individuals that have excelled above all others in the US legal market over the period 2013-14.” Jenner & Block is noted 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.” This is the second time in three years that the CME Practice received this top honor for excellence in media and entertainment. In 2012, the practice was recognized for its “unparalleled track record in media and entertainment litigation, particularly involving copyright and content protection issues.”
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.” Law360 named our practice as a “Practice Group of the Year: Media & Entertainment” for 2013 and 2014, while Managing Intellectual Property magazine named Jenner & Block the National Copyright Firm of the Year three years in a row.
The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The National Law Journal, Legal Times, the Washington Business Journal and others have recognized our Content, Media & Entertainment attorneys as top in their field.

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.
  • Helping companies to navigate privacy laws and protect their valuable data in the most efficient, effective and compliant manner possible.
  • 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: 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; Trademark and Unfair Competition; and Privacy and Information Governance.