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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law’s media and entertainment practice is particularly well known in the digital media space. Led by managing partner Gönenç Gürkaynak and İlay Yilmaz, the team advises on litigation, IP-related matters and access bans. In an ongoing mandate, the team is advising Wikimedia Foundation on objections against the April 2017 access ban of all Wikipedia websites in Turkey. Clients includes several media giants, such as Twitter, Google, YouTube and, most recently, beIN Group.

Gün + Partners continues to build its profile in the media and entertainment sphere and covers everything from regulatory compliance and intellectual property issues to employment, corporate and commercial, and competition law matters, and it is also experienced in sector-specific disputes. The practice is jointly led by Hande Hançar Çelik and Uğur Aktekin. Clients include well-known international multimedia, IT and broadcasting companies.

Güner Law Office advises media corporations, broadcasters and entertainment companies on due diligence, data protection, compliance and litigation, and is recommended for its ‘strong regulatory and anti-piracy practice’. Recent work saw the team lead advice to Walt Disney on various broadcasting, contractual, regulatory, real estate and intellectual property matters. The client roster also includes Fox Turkey, Netflix and Sky. Ece Güner Toprak is the key figure.

ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office advises actors, publishers, advertisers and IT companies on regulatory compliance, tax, IP, copyright, licensing and contentious matters. The client base includes İc Yapimlar, XinvestTurk and Lobby Reklam. The ‘experienced and attentive’ Orhan Yavuz Mavioğlu heads the team; Ayça Mustafa and Nazlı Özkan are also active in the sector.

BTS & Partners’ media and entertainment practice is led by Yasin Beceni and provides ‘practical and pragmatic’ advice on matters related to regulatory compliance, data privacy and disputes. Recent highlights include advising Arçelik on the Turkish compliance aspects of its planned Smart TV series project. In other work, the team advises social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook.

Çaga & Çaga’s media and entertainment team advises on tax, employment, corporate and contentious matters. The practice is jointly led by Erdem Değerli and İdil Çağa Değerli and has special expertise in regulatory compliance related to advertising law.

Çigdemtekin Dora Cakirca Aranci Law Firm’s expertise spans the areas of regulatory compliance in advertising, licensing and the day-to-day business of media companies. Co-heads Kağan Dora and Ayça Arancı assist the Media Agencies of WPP Group Turkey with corporate and commercial matters. The client base also includes Advertising Agencies Association and Rafineri Advertising Services.

Gökçe’s practice is recommended for its ‘deep industry knowledge’ and covers the full array of media and entertainment services, such as licensing, contracts, regulatory compliance, data protection, and contentious matters. Ali Paslı is recommended for his IP expertise and Görkem Gökçeknows the particulars of the media industry’. Hakan Hanlı joined the firm in March 2017 and Levent Yaralı left in September 2017.

The ‘excellentGoksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership provides legal advice to media companies and broadcasters on market entry, disputes, IT and media law. Significant clients include ES Medya Group, Al-Arabiya TV and Huffington Post. ‘Skilful and business-orientedEmre Ulcaylı is recommended for his ‘extensive knowledge in the media sector’. Ali Göksu, Hasan Akıcıoğlu and Ali Taşar are also active in the sector.

The ‘solution-orientedMoroglu Arseven provides ‘swift and solid’ advice on various media and entertainment-related matters, including disputes, broadcasting and production rights, agreements and reputation protection. The firm also assists international news agencies with pre-publication reviews of content about Turkey. Benan Arseven focuses on the sports sector, Orçun Çetinkaya is active in contentious and preventive matters and Işık Özdoğan is experienced in IP matters.

NSN Law Firm stands out for its experience in the entertainment sector, as evidenced by its continued advice to television channels, broadcasting companies, movie producers and advertising agencies. The team handles matters related to copyright, licensing, regulatory compliance, contracts and disputes. Nazlı Selek, who is recommended for her ‘extensive knowledge and expertise’, jointly heads the practice with Selma Ünlü.

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  • Data Controllers’ Handbook to Inform Data Subjects About Their Rights

    Under the Turkish data protection law (" DPL "), data subjects have the right to learn who processes their personal data, the purposes and legal bases of these processing activities, and to whom and for what purposes such personal data are transferred. These rights arise from the data controllers' obligation to inform data subjects about their processing activities. During the collection of personal data, the data controller or any other person authorized by the data controller is obliged to provide data subjects with certain information, such as the identity of the data controller and of his representative (if any), the purposes of the processing, to whom and with what purpose the processed personal data can be transferred, and the method and legal reason/basis of collection. The same article of the DPL further requires data controllers to provide information to data subjects about certain other rights, as discussed below.
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