Digital Media & Entertainment

Traditional media practice + unmatched technology depth

    Practices

  • Corporate
  • Litigation
  • Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property
  • 20+ lawyers with transactional experience in the digital media and entertainment industry

  • Public offerings of securities for companies like Instructure, Millennial Media and Yelp 

  • Private placements of securities for DraftKings, KIK, Roku, Vyclone and Vox Media

  • M&A for Rovi, Web.com, Yelp, Millennial Media, SnagFilms and AOL

  • Represent 35% of the US companies on the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource’s Billion Dollar Startup Club list, including Spotify, Shazam and KIK

  • Unparalleled access to the largest and most influential network of strategic investors

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  • Actively defending class actions across the country for the likes of Conde Nast, Hearst, Living Social and Time

  • Significant commercial litigation experience for digital media and entertainment companies, including Google, Sony, Wikimedia and StubHub

  • Successfully defeated class certification in cases for eBay, Facebook and Google

  • Litigated one of the first cases regarding §230 of the Communications Decency Act, a critical source of legal immunity for websites that host third-party content

  • One of the most active corporate restructuring and bankruptcy practices in the country, handling 100+ cases in court over the past 5 years for companies such as Hipcricket, KIT Digital and Vertis Holdings

  • 500+ securities cases in the last 10 years for companies like Applied Digital Solutions, Dijji, Millennial Media, Rosetta Stone and Tremor Video – one of the most active practices for the defense of issuers in shareholder litigation in the US

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  • Regularly represent digital media and entertainment companies in regulatory and legislative matters before the FCC, federal and state agencies

  • Counsel clients on data usage and digital privacy in online advertising negotiations and on hot-button issues around the Safe Harbor act, COPPA, DAA (and NAI, FCC)

  • Counsel US and foreign companies on compliance with US laws and regulations governing the cross-border movement of goods, services and technology and affecting the way US companies conduct business overseas

  • Provide regulatory compliance advice on international, federal, state and local employment and labor laws, including affirmative action, discrimination, wage and hour, health and safety, unions and collective bargaining, compensation and benefits

  • Government analytics practice that provides digital media clients with federal public policy insights and regulatory strategies to make informed business decisions

  • Consult on regulatory and corporate governance issues related to the Securities Exchange Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, JOBS Act, equity and other compensation matters, stockholder rights plans, stockholder proposals and proxy contests, and NASDAQ, NYSE Mkt and NYSE listing requirements

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  • Handling patent litigation defenses all over the country for the likes of eBay, Facebook, LinkedIn, Millennial Media and Yelp

  • Litigated 70+ patent cases for Facebook – winning both cases that made it to trial

  • Represent 1,000+ companies worldwide in all aspects of trademark, copyright and advertising matters, including some of the biggest names in digital media and entertainment such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Nintendo, TiVo and Oculus VR

  • Extensive experience asserting claims and instituting UDRP actions for digital media clients, including employing actions to successfully transfer to Google nearly 800 infringing domains and obtaining a judgment for BitTorrent resulting in the transfer of 54 domain names and an award of over $2.3 million against a German cybersquatter

  • Handle a wide range of rights issues with respect to the digital use of music and video, including contractual licensing, statutory webcasting licensing, IPTV distribution rights and fair use analyses

  • 100+ inter partes review and covered business method review proceedings; 100+ inter partes/ex parte reexaminations for clients like Google and Facebook

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Group Contacts
Adam Ruttenberg Partner, Washington, DC
Brian Chadwick Special Counsel, London
Chris Coulter Partner, London
David Wittenstein Partner, Washington, DC
Sarah Pearce Partner, London
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