The Digital Media Group focuses primarily on cutting-edge Internet and technology litigation, licensing, rate-setting, counseling, and transactional work, on behalf of entertainment clients and other content owners, as well as digital and emerging media companies.
Pryor Cashman, widely-respected as one of the preeminent law firms in the areas of entertainment, media, intellectual property and litigation, has a long and storied history of advising content developers – artists, actors, authors, musicians, music publishers, book and magazine publishers, record companies, motion picture companies and producers – on protecting, leveraging and monetizing the value of what they create. The Digital Media Group applies the firm’s 50 years of experience serving the entertainment industry to guiding clients through the legal issues presented by the evolving area of digital media.
The attorneys in the Digital Media Group bring high levels of skill, knowledge and experience to the issues faced by those who do or wish to disseminate content on new media platforms, and those who wish to protect their content from unauthorized dissemination. Our attorneys are or have been involved in numerous seminal cases establishing the boundary of liability in connection with the copying and distribution of copyrighted content via such platforms, including:
The attorneys in Pryor Cashman’s Digital Media Group have also been at the vanguard of licensing and counseling with respect to the wide-scale and global distribution of music and other copyrighted content on the Internet and in mobile and other emerging media platforms.
For example, they negotiated and drafted the ground-breaking "New Digital Media Agreements," which became the music industry’s template for the licensing of musical compositions for a broad range of new technological exploitations of music. These agreements grant rights to the exploitation of music on or in such platforms by record companies, third-party service and content providers, and aggregators. They have also negotiated and drafted landmark agreements with:
The attorneys in the Digital Media Group have also been actively involved in hearings, proceedings and industry-wide settlements to set rates for various forms of exploitation of music on and via new media platforms, including rates for permanent digital downloads, ringtones, and subscription streaming and limited download services.