The firm’s Telecom, Media-Broadcasting & Technology is spread across its New Delhi and Mumbai offices. The firms TMT team advises leads and comprehensively guides its clients on the issues in the sector. This key team also acts in coordination with the Mergers & Acquisition,Consumer, Dispute Resolution, Regulatory & Public Policy, Labour & Employment, Intellectual Property, Tax Law and other teams across various offices to provide transactional, advisory and litigation services.
The firm has an active practice in a highly dynamic TMT sector in India. The firm is retained by major companies in the Media and Broadcasting Sector for regulatory, advisory and dispute resolution & litigation. The clients of the firm are from the music, television, sports, radio, digital media and publishing industries. With advent of digital entertainment in India, the firm is frequently also retained to comprehensively advise on OTT streaming platforms.
The firm’s TMT team in coordination with the Regulatory and Public Policy team provides guidance in interactive media as well as online gaming. The team also frequently advises film studios, distributors and television production houses.
The firm also advises on new and amended regulations by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, the firm also represents the clients from the sector before the TRAI as well as TDSAT.
The team is involved in the comprehensive documentation including drafting, negotiating and reviewing distribution and co-productions agreements, negotiating film funding and financing, talent contracts and licensing and endorsement agreements, routine commercial contracting matters, electronic payment regulations and data privacy laws.
The firm is retained by media, telecoms, publishing and radio business for advisory, litigation and dispute resolution including for tariff determinations, licensing disputes and penalty challenges.
Curare Legal has advised radio broadcasting companies on Phase-III migrations in the radio sector and associated regulatory challenges before the High Courts.
The firm advises, negotiates, drafts and reviews infrastructure-sharing agreements, broadcast licensing, contract negotiations, operational contracts, licensing arrangements, outsourcing, content streaming provisions and other agreements
With coordination from the Mergers and Acquisitions team the firm has been involved on due diligence on acquisitions and mergers in the telecoms and technology sectors.
The firm has represented clients in content related matters before the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting(I&B Ministry), News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), Press Council of India(PCI) and Advertising Standards Council of India(ASCI) as well as courts, tribunals such as Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), all High Courts and Supreme Court of India.
The team also provides for guidance and representation in domain name disputes and domain name recovery exercises for its clients.