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Media, Technology & Entertainment

We take a multidisciplinary approach to information technology, computer law, e-commerce, multimedia and the Internet. Equally important, we understand and are experienced in the business and commercial issues affected by technology. As a result, we are able to help our clients participate in today's marketplace like few others.

Our knowledge is tapped by clients for a variety of business situations, including entity structuring, financing, mergers and acquisitions, launching start-up ventures, creating strategic alliances, securing and enforcing trademarks, domain names and other intellectual property, drafting and negotiating software, app content and technology licenses, agreements and policies, protecting privacy rights, establishing web sites and providing content to online service providers, among others.

Our attorneys are also in the forefront of Internet and e-commerce law. Working collaboratively with our Litigation group, we have handled groundbreaking cases involving domain names, trademarks, metatags and the use of keywords in Internet banner advertising, as well as copyright issues in Internet music transmission and New York court jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants.

Capabilities

Capabilities

Key capabilities of our Media, Technology & Entertainment group include:

E-commerce

  • Strategic planning: advising clients regarding formation of web-based businesses, setting up online operations for brick-and-mortar businesses, and structuring online transactions
  • Website agreements: structuring and negotiating development, hosting and linking agreements and establishing joint ventures to operate web sites and pursue Internet ventures
  • Software development agreements: negotiating and drafting software development agreements
  • Software licensing: negotiating and drafting of software licenses
  • Foreign legal restrictions: advising clients regarding state, national and international laws and restrictions on operation of web businesses
  • Online privacy: advising clients regarding online privacy obligations and developments; drafting online privacy policies
  • Content licensing: negotiating and preparing online content licenses
  • Outsourcing: drafting agreements between users and application service providers and other third party service providers
  • B2B Exchanges: business-to-business commercial exchanges
  • Electronic signature laws: providing advice on implementation of electronic signature procedures and compliance with electronic signature law mandates
  • E-mail policies: advising clients regarding company e-mail policies and drafting e-mail policies

Intellectual Property

  • Electronic content protection: counseling clients on protection of electronic content online and in other electronic media, and protection of website content
  • Patents: developing e-commerce patent strategies; filing, procurement and enforcement of patents in the electronic environment; defending against claims of patent infringement and advising on designing around others' patents
  • Software and database protection: advising clients on copyright, patent and trade secret protection for software and databases
  • Branding: counseling on the creation and protection of brand identity; drafting and negotiating co-branding agreements
  • Website audits: auditing client web sites to ensure compliance with regulations and electronic media restrictions, to maximize protection of client content and to avoid infringement of third party rights

Corporate Law and Finance

  • Entity selection and creation: providing tax, business and legal advice regarding selection of electronic companies and formation and maintenance of such companies
  • Financings: representing institutional lenders and borrowers in loan and equity transactions including online companies
  • Mergers and acquisitions: valuation, purchase and sale of Internet-related businesses
  • Due diligence: performing due diligence reviews in connection with financings and acquisitions of electronic businesses
  • Private placements and public offerings: working with clients to develop and draft private placement memorandums and initial public offering compliance materials; assistance with securities law compliance
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances: negotiating and drafting joint venture and similar arrangements for web ventures
  • Stock option plans: structuring and drafting stock option plans; tax and corporate advice regarding issuance and exercise of options in the information technology environment
  • Employment and confidentiality agreements: negotiating and drafting employment agreements, non-disclosure agreements and related employment documents for information technology companies

Litigation

  • Rights protection: prosecuting and defending cutting edge electronic media and intellectual property infringement claims, including issues relating to use of traditional works in new media
  • Domain name disputes: adjudicating registration and domain name disputes in all forums
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