Media and entertainment in Denmark

Bech-Bruun

The media and entertainment team at Bech-Bruun is praised for its ‘exceptional ability to understand both the legal and market situation’. The team is well known for its expertise in the music and film sectors and is expert at handling issues relating to distributions via traditional media and online streaming platforms. The group advises on the full gamut of corporate and commercial work, including industry agreements and licensing matters, as well as dispute resolution. Practice co-head Niels M. Andersen has extensive experience within the music industry, while fellow practice head Claus Aagaard Nielsen handles M&A work.

Practice head(s):

Niels M. Andersen; Claus Aagaard Nielsen

Other key lawyers:

Claus Barrett Christiansen; Johnny Petersen; Joachim Bjerregaard

Testimonials

‘I think Bech-Bruun is original in their way of attacking each task. All the time they are open to new thinking and always on the ball.’

‘Good service. Clever people. Short and precise answers to my many questions.’

‘Have in-house knowledge and experience that can provide advice and solutions in many areas.’

‘High knowledge and exceptional ability to understand both the legal and the market situation. Niels M. Andersen and Joachim Bjerregaard form a strong team that immediately provides solid answers.’

‘Bech-Brunn truly understands our needs and challenges and therefore assists us in a super professional way – simple, effective and well balanced. We can rely on them.’

Key clients

The Motion Picture Licensing Corporation

Kevin Magnussen

Fredericia Municipality

Royal Unibrew

Mads Steffensen

NEP Denmark A/S

Emil Stabil

Nordic Entertainment Group Denmark A/S

Work highlights

  • Represented The Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, a leading copyright licensing agency, in a lawsuit against the Danish rights organisation Copydan AVU medier concerning unfair marketing – and competition practices towards educational institutions with respect to the amount of movie rights offered; and advising the client regarding new copyright legislation on transmission and ancillary rights in connection with implementation of the DSM and SatCab directives in Danish law.
  • Represented Danish racing driver Kevin Magnussen in an appeal case against his former manager regarding share of income.
  • Represented Royal Unibrew in relation to the use of the famous Danish rock band Jung’s music in extensive TV advertising and an upcoming TV show, advising on the drafting of agreements and assisted with legal advice on public performance, music authors, society KODA, clearance of rights, etc.

Kromann Reumert

Kromann Reumert acts on behalf of clients within the sports, media and entertainment sectors in high-profile court cases. The group has developed a niche offering in esports work, representing the first-ever independent association of professional players in esports as well as a number of individual players. Practice head Martin Dahl Pedersen has extensive expertise in drafting and advising on both sides of sponsorship agreements as well as significant litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

Martin Dahl Pedersen

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely well prepared and always very fast to understand the clients primary problems. They are also easily accessible and respond fast.’

‘Very, very skilled with integrity and a pragmatic no-nonsense approach and a strong understanding of our needs as a client.’

‘The Kromann Reumert IPR team is highly experienced and excellent legal advisers, good colleagues and easy to work with.’

‘Martin Dahl Pedersen is a very strong no-nonsense Media & Entertainment lawyer who cuts to the point and sees the bigger picture. Martin is an experienced litigator with the ability to calmly communicate complex problems in an understandable manner in a stressful environment.’

Key clients

Danish Players Association

Aller Media

Danske Medier

Danish Handball Players Association

Counter-Strike Professional Players Association

Gyldendal

Rørforeningen

Stofa A/S

Egmont

JP/Politikens Hus

Ronald A/S

Producentforeningen

Nordjyske Medier

Sjællandske Medier

Copenhagen Bombay

Work highlights

  • Representing the owner of the Danish gossip magazine “SE og HØR”, Aller Media, in high profile litigation initiated by numerous Danish celebrities claiming damages for intrusion of their right of privacy.
  • Represented the rightsholder Martinus Institute to the so called “The Third Testament” in a copyright litigation matter, relating to the use of Article 9 of the ECHR protecting the freedom of religion for acquittal.
  • Represents JP/Politikens Hus in civil proceedings that the Danish Civil Security Service (PET) has initiated against JP/Politikens Hus regarding the distribution of alleged confidential state secrets.

Lassen Ricard

Lassen Ricard is prominent within copyright and media law. The team advises a large number of Danish and foreign television broadcasters and production companies and has a broad practice that covers Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Estonia. Practice head Peter Lambert is well known for his media expertise and has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Other names to note within the team are Steen Lassen and Henrik Schütze; the latter primarily focuses on commercial law and advises on strategies for protection or exploitation of rights under copyright, trade mark, patent and marketing legislation. Kristina Blichfeldt Lautrup is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Peter Lambert

Other key lawyers:

Steen Lassen; Kristina Blichfeldt Lautrup; Henrik Schütze

Testimonials

‘The team has a very high knowledge of the media industry in Denmark and the other Scandinavian countries. Their expertise in the field of copyright and collective licensing of rights should be particularly mentioned. The team is service-minded and has high availability.’

‘Besides the head of the team Steen Lasson, Kristina Blichfeldt Lautrup has shown excellent legal skills and constructive in solving urgent copyright and licensing-related matters.’

Key clients

DR

TV 2 Denmark

SVT

TV 4

NRK

TV 2 Norway

ARD

NDR

WDR

ZDF

RTL

VG Media rep. Sat1 and Pro7

Plesner

Plesner handles the full gamut of media and entertainment matters and advises several high-profile clients, including major film distribution companies and cinema owners as well as film advertising production companies. The group is also active in disputes, with Kasper Frahm litigating several IP and media disputes. Practice head Emil Jurcenoks is regularly instructed by celebrities and tabloid magazines in Denmark.

Practice head(s):

Emil Jurcenoks

Other key lawyers:

Kasper Frahm

Key clients

GF Forsikring A/S

J.H. Schultz Information A/S

IO Interactive A/S

Metronome Productions A/S

Omnicom Media Group

Endemol Shine Group

Veo Technologies

Work highlights

  • Represented GF Forsikring A/S, a Danish consumer-owned insurance company, in an infringement case brought by the press service media provider VOCAST.
  • Assisting Omnicom Media Group, a large international group of media agencies providing customers, with a precision marketing and insights platform, with various IP aspects.
  • Assisting Veo Technologies, the company behind the ground-breaking artificial intelligence VEO camera which can record and analyse various sports matches, with various IP aspects.

Bird & Bird Advokatpartnerselskab

Peer B. Petersen and Mogens Dyhr Vestergaard lead the media and entertainment team at Bird & Bird Advokatpartnerselskab. It advises Danish and international businesses on all aspects of IP law and handles transactional and contentious matters within media law. The group also has gambling expertise, with Mikkel Taanum advising a number of gambling operators and platform providers in Denmark and Sweden. Morten Rosenmejer is noted for his sports industry expertise.

Practice head(s):

Peer B. Petersen; Mogens Dyhr Vestergaard

Other key lawyers:

Morten Rosenmejer; Mikkel Taanum

Key clients

Sony Music Entertainment A/S

Meta Film A/S

SAM Productions ApS

M2 Film A/S

Tellerup A/S

Flex Music ApS

Bonnier Publications A/S

Better Collective

Mikkel Kessler

Work highlights

  • Assisting Sony Music on an ongoing basis in its attempts to transform and adapt its business to meet the demands of the ever-developing changes in technology and the demands of the consumers.
  • Assisted SAM Productions in the negotiation and drafting of agreements with broadcasters, financiers and international TV distributors on the production, launching and distribution of several new international TV series.
  • Assisting META Film on an ongoing basis in matters where titles and content of film productions on the drawing board potentially could involve trade mark and other IP rights conflicts.

DLA Piper Denmark

Jointly led by Jens Krogh Petersen and Joachim Kundert Jensen, the team at DLA Piper Denmark is instructed by music artists, record companies and documentary filmmakers on a variety of issues. The group also has extensive experience within the sports sector as well as assisting gambling companies, including online betting and casino websites. Litigation specialists complete the team, representing clients in infringement cases and anti-piracy matters.

Practice head(s):

Jens Krogh Petersen; Joachim Kundert Jensen

Other key lawyers:

Marlene Winther Plas; Peter Rønnow

Testimonials

‘Together this team can cover all questions I have. Working in the entertainments business, my clients often need help with more than just the normal label or publishing deals, and DLA can always provide the right people to each task.’

‘They have more knowledge and always find the time and headspace to understand my situation and to come with the right solutions.’

‘The Media and Entertainment industry in Denmark is rather small and there is only a limited amount of skilled and experienced practices. DLA Piper has proven its’ unique skill set for many years now.’

‘The skillset and experience is generated from the long experience and competencies of Jens Krogh Petersen.’

Key clients

Lukas Graham

Volbeat

Scarlet Pleasure

Brøndbyernes IF Fodbold A/S

Danish Documentary Production

Simon Jul Jørgensen

Copenhagen Music

The Bank

Lord Siva

Phlake

Laid Back

Suspekt

Sportsway AB (Sweden)

Christopher

Grundfos

Boris Bertram

Live Nation

Years from now

Sylvester (SLY)

Tigerspring ApS

Moment Group

Soundford Limited (HongKong)

Calby

Saqib Hassan

Cutfather

Rasmus Hedegaard

Warner Music Denmark

ITV Studios International

ITV Studios Entertainment

D.A.S.

United Stage ApS

PDH Music

Work highlights

  • Assisting Danish Documentary Production in relation to the production (with National Geographic) of Oscar-nominated documentary, The Cave, a documentary series about the catastrophic fire on-board the Scandinavian Star ferry and an upcoming Netflix-production.
  • Assisting pop music group Lukas Graham with infringement cases, touring agreements, producer agreements.
  • Assisting the Danish football club Brøndbyernes IF Fodbold A/S, one of the major teams in the Danish Premier League listed on NASDAQ.

Gorrissen Federspiel

The multi-disciplinary media and entertainment team at Gorrissen Federspiel specialises in streaming issues, publisher rights, music rights and movie production matters. The group advises on issues relating to media content, licenses, regulatory matters and competition law issues as well as financings and litigation. IP specialist Lasse Skaarup Christensen leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Lasse Skaarup Christensen

Key clients

JP/Politikens Hus

HBO Nordic

TV2 Danmark

Dansk Artist Forbund (The Danish Artist Union)

Superligaen

Divisionsforeningen

Jysk Fynske Medier

Mastiff

Waoo

Det Nordjyske Mediehus

byNWR

Musikforlæggerne (Danish Professional Music Publishers Association)

Work highlights

  • Representing the Danish Professional Music Publishers Association in a third party intervention in a copyright action before the Danish Supreme Court.
  • Representing a major Danish publishing house in a principle dispute regarding digital rights.
  • Acting for Nordjyske Medier in a libel dispute against Huy Duc Nguyen concerning two articles published by Nordjyske Medier.

Mazanti-Andersen

Mazanti-Andersen‘s broad media and entertainment practice specialises in internet-based distribution forms, social media issues and licensing law. Led by Nina Henningsen, the group also has deep expertise in gaming and gambling legislation, representing major stakeholders in this area including leading operators, platform providers, affiliates and payment service providers. The strength of the group is reflected in its high-profile clients, which include Bet365 and Netflix.

Practice head(s):

Nina Henningsen

Key clients

Bet365

Betsson

Netflix

Mood Media International

Leovegas

Regional TV2 stations

Scandinavian film fund

Copenhagen Bombay

William Hill

Turner Broadcasting LTD

Work highlights

  • Representing international TV stations and SVOD providers in complex principle negotiations with Koda and other collecting societies regarding equitable remuneration for clearance of copyright.
  • Advising Scandinavian Film Funds regarding the formation of a Scandinavian feature film investment fund.
  • Advised both international online gambling operators as well as other stakeholders including media clients on matters concerning major marketing campaigns carried out in connection with UEFA soccer tournament EURO 2020 taking place during summer 2021.

Bruun & Hjejle

Advising on a wide array of media law issues, the team at Bruun & Hjejle acts for clients in defamation and privacy lawsuits, assists with IP matters and handles marketing initiatives. Major Danish newspapers, television stations and online media companies make up the practice’s stellar client base, which also includes TV2 Danmark. Morten Stadil is the department head.

Practice head(s):

Morten Stadil

Key clients

Berlingske Media

TV2 Danmark

Clear Channel Danmark

Euroinvestor (Berlingske Media)

Radio24Syv

B.T. (Berlingske Media)

Kulturradio Danmark A/S (Radio Loud)

Weekendavisen (Berlingske Media)

Work highlights

  • Advised Berlingske Media in connection with the establishment of a nationwide distribution company through the merger of Bladkompagniet and DAO.
  • Advised Berlingske Media on the takeover of the remaining 30% shares in BTMX.
  • Acting for TV2 Danmark in two follow-on proceedings before the Danish High Court, filed by NENT (formerly Viasat) and Discovery (formerly SBS TV).

CO:PLAY

Specialising in technology, media and entertainment, CO:PLAY is considered to be ‘the absolute leading team within the gaming industry’. The group represents major players within the video games sector, advising on video game law, investments and international development agreements; Robert Jønsson is an expert in this area. Under the leadership of Heidi Højmark Helveg, the practice also has a strong contentious arm, handling defamation, invasion of privacy, and right of publicity cases.

Practice head(s):

Heidi Højmark Helveg

Other key lawyers:

Robert Jønsson; Michael Brandt

Testimonials

‘The team has a unique ability to communicate at eye level with people both to ensure goals are met towards the expectations and as well that we as clients have a full understanding of the aspect of agreements, proceedings etc.’

‘They constantly make sure to be on top of the industry they are working with and are participating in sector conferences with the clients to stay up to date with the state of the art.’

‘I have not experienced a more dedicated legal team towards doing anything in their power to reach their clients’ goals.’

‘This is the absolute leading team within the gaming industry.’

Key clients

Triband ApS

Ghost Ship Games ApS

Modl.ai ApS

Other Tales Interactive ApS

Game Swing

Bright Star Studios ApS

Logic Artists ApS

Rovio Copenhagen ApS

Die Gute Fabrik ApS

Biites ApS

Naser Khader

Langkjær Entertainment P/S

Lion Entertainment A/S

Sigrid Dyekjær (Siggi Production)

Work highlights

  • Representing Naser Khader, a Danish member of parliament, in a case involving fundamental principles regarding freedom of speech/libel law, constitutional law, parliamentary immunity, etc.
  • Advised Triband ApS, a Danish video game development studio, on its launch of the commercially successful ‘What The Golf!’ and assisted with distribution/publishing agreements for all major platforms and all other legal work of the company.
  • Advising Langkjær Entertainment on the setting up of the high-scale musical Bodyguard the Musical including negotiations and agreements with rights’ holders, venues, actors, musicians, technical vendors and in the co-production agreement with Live Nation.

Horten

Horten advises on the full range of media and entertainment issues, with a particular specialism in internet-based distribution forms; the team assists clients with the negotiation of distribution and licence agreements as well as advising on the legal challenges in connection with e-books. It has also expertise in social media matters and the online gaming market. Litigator and IP expert Asger Heine Jensen heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Asger Heine Jensen

Testimonials

‘Skills and experience within our area of business is rock solid.’

‘Asger H. Jensen is professional, strategically solid, with national and international experience. A one-man-army of its own. Having him along with you gives the back-up one can dream of.’

‘Hands-on advice by a great team!’

Key clients

Fitness World

Wunderman Thompson

TIVOLI

Discovery Communications

North Media A/S

The City of Copenhagen

Facebook, Inc.

Labster

Unity

Reto-Moto

Kiloo

Klarborg

Work highlights

  • Represented Ejendomsfonden Spritten and the world-renowned artist Tómas Saraceno regarding his creation of a monumental art work in his Cloud City universe and obtained injunctive relief against commercial exploitation of the Cloud City brand.
  • Assisted Kiloo with strategic advice and instructing local counsel in the landmark class actions filed against Kiloo, Disney and Viacom last year (pending before the United States District Court, Northern District of California).
  • Represented the City of Copenhagen in respect to the 12-month postponement of the UEFA EURO 2020 tournament, as well as advising Grand Depart Copenhagen Denmark 2021 I/S, an entity consisting of The City of Copenhagen, four other municipalities and the Danish Ministry of Business, on hosting the Tour de France’s extremely prestigious Grand Depart in Denmark in 2021.

Lundgrens

Lundgrens has experience across a broad range of media and entertainment sectors, including the esports and wider sports industries, as well as traditional and digital media. The department also houses experts in data protection, IP and technology mandates. Practice head Søren Danelund Reipurth is an esports expert and a regular adviser to the music industry.

Practice head(s):

Søren Danelund Reipurth

Other key lawyers:

Christian Scherfig

Testimonials

‘Their ability to quickly pull together specialists in different areas and can associate with the problem quickly and effectively.’

‘Another quality is their flexibility and understanding of urgency. I can contact my adviser 24 hours a day almost and not be worried that I will be billed outrageous but taken seriously.’

Key clients

BLAST

Bauer Media

Joachim Andersen

Moodagent

Vice Media

IFPI Denmark

DBC Digital

About Vintage

Work highlights

  • Advising Danish BLAST, the company behind the worldwide Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament BLAST Premier, in relation to various intellectual property matters.
  • Advised Danish football player Joachim Andersen on his contract with Stellar Group and his transfers to Lyon, Fulham F.C. and Crystal Palace.
  • Representing Moodagent, a new international music streaming service that creates playlists based on the listener’s mood, in all matters pertaining to intellectual property rights.

Moalem Weitemeyer

Noted for its expertise in the gambling industry, Moalem Weitemeyer advises a number of gambling companies on a range of issues, including the establishment of betting shops, advertising issues, and obtaining and renewing gambling licenses. Led by Pernille Nørkær, the team also has extensive expertise in the sports sector.

Practice head(s):

Pernille Nørkær

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge and expertise.’

‘Always available and answer fast. Solves all issues we have with quality and dedication.’

Key clients

Day Birger Mikkelsen

Risma Systems A/S

Imerco

FC Nordsjælland A/S

Group 888

Egencia A/S

HBO Nordic AB

Takt A/S

Infomedia A/S

Birger Christensen A/S

Astralis Group A/S

Work highlights

  • Advising Astralis Group A/S on multiple ongoing IP-licensing and cooperation agreements.
  • Advising Group 888 on ongoing marketing and regulatory compliance issues relating to its operations in Denmark, including maintenance of gambling license.
  • Advising FC Nordsjælland A/S on various strategic and commercial aspects of its businesses.

NJORD Law Firm

NJORD Law Firm‘s media, sports and entertainment team has carved out a niche in the area of illegal file sharing, assisting film producers and other IP rights holders with protecting copyrighted material. Practice head Jeppe Brogaard Clausen has extensive experience in international IP issues, litigation and enforcement matters as well as counterfeit and passing off cases.

Practice head(s):

Jeppe Brogaard Clausen

Key clients

Momondo

HBO (Home Box Office Ltd and HBO Nordic)

Resultmaker A/S

Copyright Management Services Ltd

Rovio Entertainment Oy

Philips Denmark A/S

Work highlights

  • Represented CMS in a case of illegal file sharing with a number of domestic and international rights holders against two of the largest internet service providers in Denmark.
  • Represented CMS and a large number of film producers in more than 100 successful cases regarding information injunctions against the largest ISPs in Sweden.
  • Represented Zentropa in four successful cases regarding information injunctions against the largest ISPs in Sweden.