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Entertainment Law

During the last decade, the Indian entertainment industry has developed new avenues of content commercialization and sophistication in licensing content. In today’s digital and information age, it is understood and accepted that content ownership is supreme. While a plethora of business opportunities are available to content owners and creators, capitalizing on these opportunities requires an insight into the entertainment business, expertise in copyright and several other laws, knowledge of modern technology and awareness of transactions in the industry. 

Having worked with the leading production houses, television channels and writers/artists, our team of experienced entertainment lawyers offer business driven entertainment law services to clients across multiple disciplines. From rights acquisition to licensing and merchandising, our team has worked on numerous transactions and has seen the cycle many times. We provide information and insightful advice to our clients. Our team has successfully managed and resolved copyright disputes, license violations, domain name disputes and helped clients make commercially beneficial decisions. 

Through our piracy management, take down and litigation management services, we have long been helping clients enforce their rights, and convert violators/infringers to licensing partners. Our ability to understand business objectives of our clients and ‘think out of the box’ to arrive at innovative strategies sets us apart from our peers in entertainment law.

Our Specialisation:

  • Rights Management
  • Pre-production Agreements
  • Production Agreements
  • Performers/Artist Agreements
  • Agreements for Music Acquisition
  • Distribution
  • In Film Branding Agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Marketing/Promotion Agreements
  • Licensing
  • Policy/Process Set Up
  • Merchandising
  • Internet/Digital Distribution
  • Talent Management
  • Endorsement Contracts
  • Enforcement
  • Litigation Management
  • Piracy Management
  • Take Down Services
  • Copyright/Trademark Protection
  • Mining, Audit/Compliance

Entertainment Law Services

Content acquisition
  • Pre-production Agreements
  • Production Agreements
  • Performers /Artist Agreements
  • Writers Agreements
  • Story Option / Purchase
  • Composer Agreements
  • Lyricist Agreement
  • Director’s Agreement
  • Trademark / Copyright Risk
  • Clearances
  • Music Acquisition and Distribution
  • Agreements
  • Rights Management
  • In-Film Branding Agreements
Ownership/Registration
  • IP Mining, Audit / Compliance
  • Copyright / Trademark Filing and Prosecution
  • International Filings & Prosecution
  • Portfolio Management
  • Policy / Process Set Up
Licensing/Merchandizing
  • Radio Licensing
  • TV / Satellite Licensing
  • Internet /Digital Distribution
  • Theatre Distribution
  • Marketing / Promotion Agreements
  • Merchandising
  • Talent Management
  • Endorsement Contracts
  • Public Performance License
Dispute Resolution / Litigation
  • Legal Notices and Negotiations
  • Rights Enforcement
  • Piracy Management
  • Take Down Services
  • Domain Name Dispute
  • Litigation Management

Domain Expertise

  • Structuring ground licensing deals and agreements
  • Drafting ground licensing and public performance agreements;
  • Enforcing and settling ground license violations and disputes
  • Sending cease and desist notices and licensing notices
  • Responding to legal notices
  • Negotiating and striking license deals

Select Clients

  • Anand Audio
  • Dharma Productions
  • Emerson
  • Dailyhunt
  • Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore

Why BananaIP ?

Entertainment companies in Bollywood, Hollywood and other areas prefer to work with BananaIP for the following reasons:

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  • BananaIP provides a one stop shop for a wide array of Intellectual Property services from protection to licensing and litigation management;
  • The firm’s highly qualified team bring strong legal expertise, long drawn experience, and industry/business knowledge to the table;
  • BananaIP’s services are aimed at maximizing revenues of the client through strategic licensing and effective content management;
  • BananaIP’s team ensures that all necessary processes are in place from day one with an objective of minimizing legal risks and maximizing profits;
  • The firm is renowned for helping clients protect and safeguard their intellectual assets, and maximize financial value from the said assets;
  • The firm’s attorneys, including the senior partners are accessible to clients, and participate in negotiations and strategic decision making; and
  • BananaIP has the credit of helping its clients move up the IP value chain and maximize revenues from intellectual assets.
     
Sanjeeth Hegde

Sanjeeth
Hegde

Senior Partner

• Nationally recognized entertainment law, IP licensing, and trademark attorney.

• Has significant US in-house experience in tech licensing with Fortune 500 companies.

• Advises leading organizations on branding, IP protection, and valuation.

Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala

Dr. Kalyan C.
Kankanala

Managing Partner

• Recognized among the top IP minds of India.

• Has advised more than 1000 clients on IP matters.

• Internationally cited IP attorney and strategist.

Our Team

Our Entertainment Law team merges expertise in law, management and business to offer value-added services to artists, producers, content aggregators, networks, and distributors. From rights acquisition, to licensing and merchandising, and dispute resolution, we help clients make commercially beneficial decisions in the entertainment industry. Our ability to effectively understand the business objectives of our clients and ‘think out of the box’ to arrive at innovative strategies sets us apart from our peers.

BananaIP’s entertainment and media law team merges expertise in law, management and business to offer value-added services. Based in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, our entertainment law attorneys are easily accessible to clients in those cities. Our entertainment law attorneys specialize in helping clients open new avenues of business and revenue generation.

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