Licensing Digital Rights
Almost all of us use and interact with digital products on a daily basis – we buy music online using our PCs, stream films to our televisions and download games to our mobile phones and other devices.
The acquisition and use of this digital content is regulated by license agreements between the companies that make and exploit products and services and the consumers who buy them. Most of us automatically click the ‘yes’ button to accept the terms and conditions that rights holders require us to comply with before downloading digital content from the internet. As a result, there are a number of restrictions on the use of the digital content that usually apply. For example, when buying a film using your internet TV, the content will typically be licensed on condition that:
- you make no commercial gain;
- certain time limits apply to the availability of the content;
- there are limitations on the territories it can be used in; and
- the content can only be used on certain devices.
Those who exploit products and services in the digital market may also wish to ‘future –proof’ their digital content against being used in a way that is not envisaged at the time a licence agreement is entered into by the end user or licensee.
Bolt Burdon’s intellectual property lawyers have entertainment and multi-media industry specific knowledge – providing clients with specialist legal advice in this field. We advise on the growth area of digital distribution of sound recordings to media and distribution companies. We also regularly advise and represent other companies and entrepreneurs on various internet, on-line, mobile and website issues.
For further information about digital rights and licensing agreements, please contact Matthew Miller