Media, Entertainment and Broadcasting Law
India, the fastest growing economy, has been outperformed by the Media & Entertainment industry. In the recent past, this sector has attracted huge FDI. There are permissible limits for advertisement, marketing and promotion expenses and the same is regarded as one of the most complex issues under statutory tax compliances.
By opening up and relaxing the entry barriers for foreign investments in certain key areas of this industry, including the recent relaxation norms for the broadcasting sector (DTH, cable networks etc.), the Government of India has provided the sector much-needed impetus for growth. Several segments of the industry (such as broadcasting, films, sports and gaming) have especially undergone unprecedented advancements on multiple dimensions.
Following is the non-exhaustive list of the laws applicable to this sector:
The Copyright Act, 1957
The Trade Marks Act, 1999
Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act, 19944.
Policy Guidelines for Up-linking of Television Channels from India
Policy Guidelines for Down-linking of Television Channels from India
Telecommunications (Broadcasting and Cable Services) Interconnection Regulations
Income Tax Act, 1961
Sales Tax / Value Added Tax
Service Tax (Under Finance Act, 1994 as modified by Finance Act, 2012)
Entertainment Tax etc.
How can we help?
We don’t just understand the law, but also understand the business. We handle both disputes as well as transactions for our media clientele. We offer assistance and advice to our clients on India’s comprehensive entertainment, media and advertising laws on the issue relating to the creation, production and dissemination of advertising across all media, particularly interactive technology and consumer-generated content.
Being a full-service law firm, we also provide services relating to the safeguarding of Intellectual Property Right/s; Legal Compliance and management work; as well as handle their litigation work.
We advice on whole range of legal and regulatory issues including Advertising, Media & Broadcasting laws, guidelines, rules and regulations; Registrations, licenses and compliances under the relevant regulations; Distribution, broadcast, syndication rights and deals; Television format rights and script options and purchases; Multi-media, digital and new technology services; User-generated content and Website and service terms and conditions; Privacy and data protection; Information Technology related issues such as cyber-squatting, spamming; Agreements including Distribution & Licensing, Master Services, Commissioning, Merchandising and Sponsorship, Music Composer etc.; Intellectual Property issues including acquisition and management, digital rights management, copyright and designs law, moral rights, passing off; Obscenity, sedition, censorship and content regulation.