Media and entertainment: Book publishers in France


Well-established media and entertainment boutique firm ARTLAW represents many of the main French publishing houses as well as a leading international book publisher. The firm notably handles copyright and IP infringement disputes, with recent work including matters regarding illegal content published by an online book publisher start-up. Josée-Anne Bénazéraf and Laurent Merlet are well-known experts in the field.


PASSA VARET Avocats' Vincent Varet is adviser to a prominent French book publishing house and to smaller children and young adult book publishers, whom he assists with their contract negotiations with authors and with related copyright issues and litigation. A writer's estate also features on the client roster.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Varet


‘Vincent Varet is always insightful and provides detailed and structured analysis.’

Pierrat & Associés

Boutique Pierrat & Associés has extensive experience advising authors and publishers on negotiating book editing contracts and also handles litigation. The practice is co-headed by Emmanuel Pierrat, who is also a published author and a literary agent, and Sophie Viaris de Lesegno. Carbon de Seze left the firm in 2019.

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a book publishing house in defamation proceedings before the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance.

Vercken & Gaullier

Vercken & Gaullier is adviser to one of France's leading publishing houses whom the firm notably represents before court in copyright and IP infringement proceedings against authors and other publishers. A major scientific publisher is also a client. Gilles Vercken and Florence Gaullier are the main practitioners.