Media and entertainment: Music in France

Well-established entertainment and media boutique WAN Avocats is particularly recognised in the music industry, acting for famous artists, DJs, producers and several major music production companies. The seven-lawyer team provides all-round expertise, encompassing contract and IP advice in addition to acting in related infringement disputes. The group also assists artists with royalties recoveries from collecting societies and producers. Founding partners Isabelle Wekstein-Steg and Raphaël Naccach co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Isabelle Wekstein-Steg; Raphaël Naccach 

ATURQUOISE

ATURQUOISE has extensive experience advising studios, labels, performers and live show producers on a wide range of matters, including production issues and the management of IT, IP, image and merchandising rights. The firm notably assisted a major sport events organisation with the negotiation of contracts with performers for a major international sport event. The practice also handles work in the audiovisual sector, advising several TV broadcasters, journalists and TV presenters. Practice head Anne-Marie Pecoraro is recommended. Senior associate Rodolphe Boissau is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Pecoraro

Other key lawyers:

Rodolphe Boissau

Cabinet Boespflug Avocats

Boutique Cabinet Boespflug Avocats is adviser to one of the world's largest music corporations, whom it notably assists with copyright issues. Recently, the boutique was active on a very high-profile artist estate rights succession file. Nicolas Boespflug and Elizabeth Boespflug are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Boespflug; Elizabeth Boespflug

CBR & Associés

CBR & Associés houses two of the market's most renowned experts in the field: Alain Barsikian and Michael Majster have extensive experience advising highly successful artists, authors, producers, publishers, distributors, broadcasting organisations and collecting societies. The pair handle contract, IP and litigation work and also provide day-to-day support.

Practice head(s):

Alain Barsikian; Michael Majster

Testimonials

The firm has excellent expertise in the media field, particularly in the music and TV industries. The advice provided always exactly suits clients’ needs. Lawyers come up with innovative and efficient strategies when dealing with commercial disputes.’

Herald Avocats

Herald Avocats' Jean Castelain, who is supported by counsel Juliette Félix, is adviser to leading music publishers. The practice regularly handles litigation work, dealing with copyright, IP and artist contract infringement matters, often involving major artists or well known songs. In recent work, the practice represented a music publisher in a dispute with co-authors.

Practice head(s):

Jean Castelain

Other key lawyers:

Juliette Félix

NomoS

NomoS is a well established boutique in the media and entertainment sectors. The practice is highly recognised for its expertise in the music sector, especially for its copyright prowess. Eric Lauvaux and Hélène Delabarre are strongly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Eric Lauvaux; Hélène Delabarre

Ox avocats

Ox avocats regularly handles copyright and trade mark disputes under the leadership of founding partner Jean Aittouares, who has strong expertise in the music sector.

Practice head(s):

Jean Aittouares

Vercken & Gaullier

Vercken & Gaullier assists leading music streaming platform Deezer as well as several famous French rappers, Parisian karaoke clubs, collecting societies, classical music composer estates and African music publishers. The practice notably advises on royalty issues, but also takes on IP disputes, especially copyright litigation. Gilles Vercken and Florence Gaullier are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gilles Vercken; Florence Gaullier 

Key clients

Deezer