Morrison & Foerster has been called "probably the premier IT firm in the world." We think "probably" might well have been "certainly."
We have extensive experience representing new and traditional media, entertainment, and Internet companies, and those in related industries, in an increasingly globalized arena. Our media and entertainment clients include Internet service providers, website designers, print and online media outlets, television and radio broadcasters, cable and satellite broadcasters, and advertising agencies.
We help clients with motion picture production and distribution (studio and independent), licensing and publishing, music, home video, games and merchandising transactions, copyright and trademark, and patent matters. Our lawyers on the East Coast and the West Coast regularly assist clients with their most pressing legal issues involving traditional entertainment businesses, as well as Internet ventures, such as video on demand, digital rights management, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and privacy.
Our expertise includes intellectual property development and protection; strategic alliances, partnering, and joint ventures; software and content licensing and services; systems and software procurement development and integration; distribution and agency arrangements; e-commerce and new media; data protection and data security compliance; telecommunications; competition and regulatory matters; privacy and data security; and all aspects of finance.
Our successful and efficient handling of the myriad aspects of law important to the media and entertainment industries explains why media, entertainment and Internet companies, from start-ups to giants, turn to us for their legal needs.
Our Internet clients include IAC Search & Media, Evite, and Onlive, Inc.
Our Media clients include American Idol Productions, Disney Channel/ABC Cable, E! Entertainment, CBS Marketwatch, Macromedia, NBC, and TimeWarnerCable.
Our Entertainment clients include EMI Music Publishing, Paramount Pictures, Sony Music, Lucasfilm, Technicolor, and Panavision.