Olswang has a leading and well-established team advising the publishing sector across the book, magazine and newspaper businesses. Our book industry clients include trade, educational and business publishers.
The sector is a challenging environment. Margins are tight and business models are being disrupted by radical changes in the way content is distributed and consumed.
Publishers need advice which is nimble and responsive, and professionals who understand the technology and business models which the digitisation of written content has brought to the industry, and ways of procuring and protecting the audiovisual and interactive content with which "traditional" publishers are now engaging.
Our lawyers provide this across all of the publishing industry's needs: transactional, regulatory, advisory and dispute resolution.
Our intellectual property team clears content and advises on the protection of brands.
Our commercial lawyers advise on publishing and distribution agreements, as well as the complexities of agreements with digital resellers and direct supply to customers.
Our reputation management lawyers carry out pre-publication review to avoid the publication of information or comments which might later lead to publishers being pursued through the courts.
Our dispute resolution lawyers successfully act for leading publishers on the most high profile defamation cases. We have a history of advising on cases involving contempt of court, the Official Secrets Act, and confidentiality agreements.
Our advertising and regulatory team ensures that the advertising models used to optimise content and the regulatory matrix which governs its dissemination are properly addressed.
We also have corporate lawyers with an in-depth understanding of the issues facing the publishing industry, and they work closely with our tax and finance teams to ensure that transactions are structured intelligently and to the greatest benefit to our clients.