Internet, Media + Entertainment

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.

We represented EchoStar against Gemstar-TV Guide International in what has been called the biggest-ever patent case in the International Trade Commission. Gemstar claimed that EchoStar, Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., and Pioneer imported set-top boxes that infringed four United States patents. EchoStar won on multiple grounds, including non-infringement, no domestic industry, and as to the main patent, patent misuse and invalidity for failure to join a co-inventor.
Lucasfilm, Ltd.
We advised Lucasfilm, Ltd., one of the world's leading film and entertainment companies, in its negotiations with the Presidio Trust and in the development of the Letterman Digital Arts Center, a unique 800,000 square foot Class A corporate campus within the Presidio of San Francisco National Park, including obtaining the first LEED certification for a private building within a national park.
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2015
Law Firm of the Year: Technology Law
National: Technology Law (Tier 1)
Los Angeles: Technology Law (Tier 1)
New York: Technology Law, Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
San Francisco: Information Technology Law (Tier 1)
Washington D.C.: Technology Law, Information Technology Law (Tier 1)

Chambers Global 2015
Global: Outsourcing
Global: TMT
USA: Outsourcing

Chambers USA 2015
National: Outsourcing
California: IT & Outsourcing
New York: Technology & Outsourcing
Washington, D.C.: Technology & Outsourcing

Chambers UK 2015
London: Information Technology
UK-wide: Outsourcing

Chambers Europe 2015
Europe-wide: Data Protection
Germany: TMT: Media

Chambers Asia 2015
China: Technology, Media, Telecoms: International Firms
Asia-Pacific Region: Technology, Media, Telecoms

Legal 500 US 2015
Patent Licensing
Technology: Data Protection and Privacy
Technology Transactions
Technology: Outsourcing

Legal 500 UK 2012
IT & Telecoms
Media & Entertainment

Legal 500 Asia 2015
China: TMT: Foreign Firms
Hong Kong: TMT

PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook 2011–2012
England: Telecoms & Media
United States: Telecoms & Media

IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2012
Recommended in Licensing (UK, USA: California) 2014
Ranked #1 Firm for Technology

“They understand the need to deliver practical and creative solutions that provide appropriate resolutions and advance the business issues.”
(Chambers USA 2015)

“They are a great business partner, excellent negotiators, and their privacy folks are just outstanding.”
(Chambers USA 2015)

“They have a growing reputation in Asia, and they are a quality outfit globally too.”
(Chambers Global 2015)

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