Media lawyers and how they can help

 

Finding a media law firm can be a struggle as media law is such a diverse sphere and there are many firms who may offer advice in all strains of media law. The best way to tackle this problem is to have in mind a better idea of what you need from a media law firm.

Call us to discuss your legal issue and we can recommend a media lawyer specialist in the area your problem is concerned with.

What kind of work do media lawyers do?

Media law is a very diverse and wide area of law in which some media lawyers will specialise in. This could be:

  • Defamation and privacy
  • Film and TV
  • Music
  • Sports law

Whilst most media lawyers may work solely in one or two areas of law there are also law firms which take a much more general approach.

The various strands of media law can be split roughly in two:

  • One side deals mainly with reputation and covers areas such as libel, malicious falsehood and protecting privacy
  • The other side of media law is more concerned with broadcasting, music, film and sport

Although this is quite a generalised division, it will assist you in pinning down which type of media law firm you want to approach.

How can a media lawyer help?

What to expect from your media lawyer again depends on the type of work you need done and whether you are an individual or business. Certain firms are more apt at working with private clients so this would suit you if you feel you do not have much experience or knowledge of media law.

Conversely, a media lawyer with excellent business acumen would probably be preferred if you run a company and work within the media industry.

Media lawyers can be of help not just to those in the entertainment and media industries, but any member of the public in any profession. The type of media law that many of us encounter on a daily basis is telecommunications, which includes:

  • Radio
  • TV
  • The internet

In terms of media law, the internet is a hotspot for litigation and legal issues to flare up. Media lawyers are often consulted by members of the public who may have inadvertently copied or downloaded an image online without realising that they were infringing someone's copyright.

Media lawyers not only assist you on any serious litigation, but they can also help you safeguard your media content and instruct you or your company on how to use the media in a lawful manner.

As media is a highly evolving area of law it would be wise both personally and professionally to instruct a specialist media lawyer for contentious and non-contentious work as well as advice on how to protect your media content. Whatever area of media you work in there is a media lawyer for you.

For more information on these legal issues, see our general advice page on media and entertainment law.

Do you have an issue concerning media law that you require a solicitor to help you with? Contact Law works with lawyers whose expertise is in media law and who can advise you on a range of topics relating to media law. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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