Media and Entertainment

Hogarth Chambers is a force in media and entertainment law. Members act in cases involving; Publishing Agreements, Recording Contracts, Management Agreements, Merchandising Rights, Performers’ Rights, Copyright, Moral Rights, Confidential Information and Privacy, Copyright Tribunal, Criminal Remedies, and EU related aspects

Members of Hogarth Chambers have for many years been recognised as leading practitioners in disputes arising out of the music business, publishing, film and television work, including:

Mark Forstater v Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd – A case which brought the Pythons back together (in the court room) to defend a claim for rectification of the Python company’s contract with the producer of “Monty Python & the Holy Grail.” Amanda Michaels (led by Richard Spearman QC) acted for the Defendant: Forstater v Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd [2013] EWHC 1873 and on the costs decision which is reported at [2013] EWHC 3759 (Ch); [2014] 1 Costs L.R. 36

Robyn Rihanna Fenty v Arcadia Group Brands t/s Topshop [2013] EWHC 2310 – represented the well-known performing artist Rihanna in a successful merchandising claim against Topshop

The Orion Publishing Group v Novel Entertainment Limited [2012] EWHC 1951 (Ch) – now the leading authority on construction clauses, a case which focused on the well known children’s book, Horrid Henry

Lucasfilm v Andrew Ainsworth – The Court of Appeal upheld the decision of Mann J as to the meaning of the word “sculpture” in copyright law and held that the costumes in the Star Wars films were not sculptures

Premier League v QC Leisure – These proceedings concern the use of satellite decoder cards for viewing football matches in pubs. It has generated a good deal of interest, with numerous parties seeking to join in the proceedings, and was the subject of a reference by the High Court to the European Court. Three members of Hogarth Chambers have been acting in the case.

Members of Chambers are the highly respected authors of the leading work on copyright law (Copinger and Skone James on Copyright) and the leading text on moral rights.

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Hogarth Chambers is well regarded for its handling of a wide range of disputes within the film and television, publishing and music sectors. The set houses a strong bench of junior barristers and is regularly instructed in cases concerning performers’ rights, confidential information, recording contracts and publishing agreements.

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Hogarth Chambers ‘is cost effective and provides a fantastic standard of work’ with ‘good availability and huge depth of experience’ in media and entertainment matters, with expertise spanning the music, publishing, film and television, and gaming industries.

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