Areas of work

Entertainment Law

Entertainment law encompasses a broad range of areas including copyright, intellectual property and contract law within the publishing, film, television and radio industries, as well as music, theatre and computer games. 5RB’s entertainment law barristers have extensive experience of advising a wide variety of clients within the entertainment sector and have acted in some of the most important cases in recent years.

We frequently advise newspapers, magazines, broadcasters, film producers and book publishers on libel, copyright, contempt, and contractual matters, with our junior members offering pre-publication advice on a regular basis to all the major newspapers, including The Times, The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Express, The Independent and The Daily Mail.

When it comes to intellectual property, the core areas of work undertaken by our entertainment law barristers include copyright, breach of confidence, passing off. Members of 5RB advise on contractual disputes, advertising, the Data Protection Act, performers’ rights and moral rights issues. We are also experienced in advising upon jurisdictional issues relating to copyright matters and media regulatory compliance issues such as the Press Complaints Commission or OFCOM.

The well-recognised strengths of 5RB lend themselves to reputation management and the protection of privacy of personalities within the entertainment industries. Our Public Access team accepts instructions in appropriate cases from individuals and organisations, and we regularly deal with public relations, internet and other publishers, media and sports agents directly.

5RB‘s entertainment law barristers have appeared on behalf of both newspapers and celebrities in some of the most high profile cases, including Naomi Campbell v MGN Ltd, Douglas and Zeta-Jones v Hello!, Hamilton v Al Fayed, Venables & Thompson v News Group Newspapers Ltd and Ludlow Music Ltd v Robbie Williams & Ors.

5 recent Entertainment Law cases