Theme:'Emerging Issues in Media and Entertainment and Their Impact on the Industry'

The conference seeks to provide the legal hand-holding and knowledge that our Media & Entertainment sector urgently need.Among other issues, discussions and lectures will focus on defamation, freedom of speech, self regulation, piracy,contracts management,copyrights and censorship in Media and Entertainment industry.

The conference is aimed at an audience seeking to understand and gain knowledge about the legal consideration of Media & Entertainment sector and interact with experts in the business such as government officials, captains of industries, legal gurus. Participants can look forward to lively debates and interactions in the form of one-on-one meetings, speed networking, workshops, panel discussions, strategic topical sessions, case studies and virtual conferences.

Press Release

LegalEra Presents Media and Entertainment Law Forum 2012 at JW Marriott, Mumbai based on theme Emerging issues in Media and Entertainment and their impact on the industry.

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Saturday, October 06, 2012 -- LegalEra, India's No.1 Magazine on Legal and Corporate Awareness, conceived and organized thought provoking and ground breaking Media and Entertainment Law Forum, 2012 in Mumbai. An initiative undertaken to provide the legal hand-holding and knowledge that our Media & Entertainment sector urgently need. The forum provided an ideal platform to all luminaries from film industry, legal experts and professionals from law firms come together and discuss issues relating to Self Regulations in Media & Entertainment, Copyright Issues and their Widespread Impact, Anti-Piracy Measures, Film Financing and The Role of Courts in dealing such issues.

As the Film industry celebrates its 100th year and it is being affected by various emerging issues, the need of the hour is such forum which can not only bridge the Industry with the Regulators but also would discuss the amendments and reconciliations. Can the freedom of speech and expression which is our fundamental right can be restricted? The emphasis of this forum is to focus on some of the issues that affect our day to day lives in this industry, from Copyright issues to censorship to film financing anti piracy and the role of Courts in this sector. –Aakriti Raizada, Founder Editor, LegalEra, Legal Media Group.

The last decade has seen a significant collaboration between the entertainment industry and the corporate world. This amalgamation with the balance approached had yielded economic value for all stakeholders and it would be fair to say that the success story of the entertainment industry is scripted by a joint effort of both the corporate and the creative part of entertainment industry. Indian entertainment companies are now listed on capital markets outside India which is a clear indication of the potential Indian companies have.We ourselves have seen a lot of overseas direct investments by the Indian entertainment companies in various parts of the world. The Indian capital market also has seen movement in this sector. The Indian Regulator has allowed the registration of film funds. One would have never imagined this more than a decade ago. Legislation has played a very vital role in the growth of this sector. The new Copyright Act is a good indication of how Indian seeks to protect authorship and creativity - Ameet Naik, Managing Partner, Naik Naik & Company. The Indian Courts have acted swiftly in protecting rights and at the same time have deprecated blackmail tactics. International studios have been able to protect the international work through Indian courts. International formants in the television space have also received protection.

Speaking on the occasion, Lalit Bhasin, Chairman, Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, President Society of Indian Law Firms and Inter Pacific Bar Association – said Film makers are creators and they should be self regulatory guidelines for the code of conduct. Professional social responsibility should be adhered by everyone. To avoid disputes he mentioned that –"A bad settlement is better than a successful litigation".

"Important issues were raised in relation to amendments to the copyright act and rules. The industry views were that the implementation could be problematic on the new technologies that are excluded from an assignment of copyright as also implementation and monitoring of royalties rights retained by authors." said Anand Desai, Managing Partner, DSK Legal.

Mr.Raghavendra, Registrar of Copyrights & Director, Copyright office, Government of India joined the debate and threw some light on the amendments made to the Copyright Act and the protection of rights and grant of royalties the provide to the artists/musician etc.

The conference also saw immense participation of more than 200 attendees from various law firms, professionals, government officials, celebs from film industry to share their insightful thoughts on Media and Entertainment Law forum. The proficient speakers' panel included Ameet Naik, Founding Partner Naik Naik & Company, Advocates, Lalit Bhasin, Chairman, Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, President Society of Indian Law Firms and Inter Pacific Bar Association, Anand Desai, Managing Partner DSK Legal, Anil Kapoor, Indian Actor & Film Producer, Anil Kapoor Film Company Pvt. Ltd. quoted "Think and Be Global, we have no limitation to explore", Good relations are the key to success. Manmohan Shetty, Chairman & Managing Director, Walkwater Media, Mukesh Bhatt, Chairman of the Film & Television producers, Guild of India, Film producer, Vishesh Films, Gudibende. R. Raghavender, Registrar of Copyrights & Director Copyright office, Mahesh Bhatt, Film Producer, Prakash Jha, Indian Film Producer & Director, Nikhil Krishnamurthy, Senior Partner, K.Law, Amit Khanna, Chairman, Reliance Big Entertainment, Sujeet Jain, Group General Counsel , Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd. Ashok Nambissan, General Counsel, Sony Entertainment Television, Savio D'Souza, Secretary General, Indian Music Industry, Anuradha Maheshwari, Advisor, Lex Mantis, Vineet Naik, Sr. Counsel, Bombay High Court, Kalpana Reddy, First Secretary for IP, US Embassy, Ravi Kadam, Sr.Counsel Bombay High Court and many more.

Summing up the learning's of the day Aakriti Raizada, Founder Editor & MD, LegalEra said "I take this opportunity to thank all eminent speakers and each and every participant, without whom, the Media and Entertainment Law Forum would have not been a success. Also a heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Lait Bhasin, Anil Kapoor, Mukesh Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt and Prakash Jha whose presence and insightful thoughts has made the forum delightful. The conference which aimed at providing the legal hand-holding and knowledge that our Media & Entertainment sector urgently needs and with this ground hitting discussions and worthy debate, I hope each and every attendee is taking back immense knowledge and information about current scenario in Media and Entertainment industry."

As it was a very first initiative by LegalEra to come up with an innovative conference on Media and Entertainment industry, we are grateful to all the sponsors for their hand in hand support.

With this we end Media and Entertainment Law Forum 2012. Once again thanks to all for their valuable time and participation. I hope you enjoyed the forum as much as we enjoyed bringing it all on the single platform.



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