- network-build agreements (e.g., indefeasible rights of use (IRUs), capacity, equipment purchase, and collocation);
- licensing agreements;
- master services and similar customer agreements;
- the operation, maintenance, and management services agreements;
- reseller agreements and other marketing relationships, inter-affiliate and non-affiliate relationships;
- and formation of joint ventures.
CommunicationsWood & Lee’s lawyers provide comprehensive legal, regulatory and strategic business advice to clients in the broadcasting, telecommunications and new media sectors. We bring a tradition of experience and expertise in what we do. With these, we advise clients in high-profile media transactions and key policy proceedings affecting the broadcasting and telecommunications industries. Our lawyers have extensive experience in today’s digital and multi-platform environment, including the internet, mobile and satellite sectors. We act for a wide variety of public and private sector clients, including:
- radio and television broadcasters
- specialty and pay programming service providers
- cable, satellite and wireless broadcasting and telecommunications service providers
- entertainment companies
- internet content companies and Internet service providers
- industry trade associations
- government agencies
Regulatory law requirements
- governing licence transfers, renewals and amendments and regulatory approvals arising from the transfer of ownership and control of communications companies.
Corporate and commercial transactions
- including the acquisition and sale of broadcasting and telecommunications companies and related corporate structuring issues.
Drafting and negotiation of program licensing agreements
- including affiliation agreements between programming services and cable/satellite broadcasting distributors; marketing and advertising agreements; brand licensing agreements in joint ventures
- in the film, television and music industries, including retransmission royalties, legal obligations with respect to public performance and reproduction of musical and audio-visual works, and the impact of new copyright legislation on industry practices in the broadcasting and telecommunications industries and on the internet.
Competition policy, trade and foreign ownership rules
- in the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors, foreign investment, and the interface between competition law and communications law
Privacy and information management
- application of privacy law and applicable local legislation to the communications sector, establishment of effective electronic delivery systems, professional and ethical standards, privacy breaches, lawful access, unsolicited communications, enterprise-wide privacy, and data protection policies and strategies.
Provision of domestic and international telecommunications
- its services, development of optical fibre network facilities and interconnection issues and cross-border satellite telecommunications joint ventures.
New media issues
- new web applications such as blockchain, over-the-top services and peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.