Media Law

Healy O’Connor provide legal and commercial advice on the development and production of film, television and digital radio to both new and established artists, managers, producers, record labels and production companies, publishing companies and distribution companies.

Financing and Distribution agreements

Healy O’Connor provide advice on both financing and distribution agreements for media companies. We have experience in drafting and reviewing commercial agreements such as production agreements, acquisition agreements, investment and financing agreements, and dealing with distributors, financial institutions and investors on our client’s behalf.

 

Tax incentive financing arrangements

Healy O’Connor provide advice on Section 481 film financing services. Section 481 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 as amended is a scheme of tax relief in film projects certified under the Act to encourage investment in Irish made films. Additional benefits have also been introduced under SI No 97 of 2009 [Finance (No 2) Act 2008 (Commencement of Section 28(1) ) Order 2009] which permits individuals to buy shares in a special purpose film or television production company of up to €50,000 under the scheme in any year of assessment.  

Intellectual Property Rights

We can advise on the many intellectual property issues that can arise in media law such as copyright, patents, trademarks, design rights, protection from passing off, and the protection of confidential information.

Copyright Clearance

Healy O’Connor provide legal advice on all aspects of copyright clearance to ensure that the permission has been obtained from the authors of works to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or photo records, prepare works based upon the copyright work, and to perform or display copyrighted works.

Digital Media

Healy O’Connor offer expert advice on all aspects of digital media in the entertainment, media and technology industries. We advise clients involved in the delivery of digital content, from online music download sites and mobile phone content providers, to computer game developers.

 

Advertisements and Promotions

We provide advice on all aspects of advertising and marketing entertainment companies. We also provide regulatory advice to ensure compliance with the Competition Authority, and compliance with Consumer Rights in relation to false advertising, in addition to other regulatory matters.

Employment and Human Resources

Healy O’Connor provide advice on all employment related matters, both contentious and non-contentious. We can draft or review all contractual and policy documentation on your behalf, advising on redundancy, corporate restructuring and dealing with disputes before the Rights Commissioner and the Employment Appeals Tribunal. We equally provide advice on human resources issues, such as employee sick leave, disciplinary and grievance procedures.

Contact us

For further information and advice on any of the above, please contact Shane Healy at shane@hoc.ie or free phone 1850 54 54 54. Alternatively you can write to us at our office locations at 77 Sir John Rogersons Quay, Dublin 2 or Quay House, Fitton Street, Off South Mall, Cork.

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