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Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
Greece has had public broadcaster OTT success over the past year, market expansion with the launch of a new standalone service and a new law to prevent the circulation of false news.
ERT reported that over half of TV homes in the country are now connected to its OTT service, ERTFLIX. Speaking at an interview with the European Broadcasting Union, ERT’s CEO Georgios Gabritsos said that ERTFLIX is the second VOD platform nationally, after Netflix.
In October 2021, Greece-based Nova, owned by United Group, launched an OTT service EON in a bid to gain national leadership.
In more controversial developments, the Greek government approved a new law intended to prevent the spread of fake news in a bid to “adapt to the realities” of today’s world. The legal amendment could set a worrying precedent, say lawyers, making journalists criminally liable for expressing their opinions.
The law was drafted by the conservative government and approved in November 2021. It will criminalise the sharing of false information about public health in an effort to deal with false Covid-19 information.
Reporters Without Boarders also raised concerns. Pavol Szalai, the head of the European Union and Balkans desk, commented: ‘While it is legitimate to combat false information, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, prison sentences have no role to play in the quest for the truth.
‘The Greek authorities should instead promote reliable news and information at the national, European and international level. The necessary tools are already available to them.’
A&K Metaxopoulos & Partners is considered a top Media, IP and TMT expert law firm in Greece. With 65 years of expertise in the field of Intellectual Property and Media Law, the firm has handled a vast variety of cases in many industry sectors, by representing key international and domestic clients. The firm’s partners Kriton Metaxopoulos, Irini Daroussou and Marilena Nikolaraki have built their international reputation by representing such clients, as for example major film Studios, publishers and record companies as well as MPAA for many years. Kriton has also served as a BoD member of Warner Music for more than 20 years.
Media law division works closely with the commercial practice at Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners. Its primary focus is on intellectual property, data protection, licensing and e-commerce. Lawyers also have significant experience working on distribution and franchise agreements. The firm has a long-standing presence, dating 1970, and is recognised for providing high quality advice to local and global clients.
Bernitsas Law is held in high regard by its competitors. The firm’s leading position is attributed to its diverse sector coverage. Lawyers have extensive experience assisting with media sector commercial agreements, including production, transmission and advertising agreements. The team also advises on media sponsorship contracts and advertising restrictions.
Active in the electronics sector, Cocalis & Partners is a leading choice for digital media matters. The firm’s members served on the Board of Directors of the first pay television platform and have advised on matters ranging from broadcasting licensing to competition law. The team has extensive experience advising on business and regulatory matters.
The media and entertainment department at Avramopoulos & Partners handles litigation and content-related disputes on behalf of newspapers, magazines, film and television production companies and advertising agencies. Lawyers advise international studios and domestic production companies on matters ranging from film financing, tax planning and copyright.
Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates focusses on media, advertising and data protection. The firm combines intellectual property and communications providing multidisciplinary advice. The team advises on contentious and non-contentious matters locally and abroad.
Calavros Law Firm routinely assists clients with all legal aspects of copyright development, acquisition and protection. Lawyers work with broadcasting companies and telecommunications corporations. The firm specialises in intellectual property law at consultation and litigation levels.
Lawyers at Drakopoulos Law have significant experience assisting with licensing and technology transfer agreements. The team advises clients from the entertainment and publishing sectors on advertising, unfair competition and new media. With offices in Greece, Romania and Albania, the firm has an established presence locally and in Southeast Europe.
Mourgelas & Associates specialises in the media and advertising sectors. Lawyers assist with marketing and communication matters including regulation and policy. The firm also has a separate sports practice representing Greek and international athletes and agents on legislative, regulatory and contractual matters. Other areas of work include extra judicial settlement of claims.
Libel and privacy specialist Tsoukala & Partners is described by clients as “prompt and efficient”. The firm is described by clients as “extremely capable of handling complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions”. The full-service firm represents clients in libel cases, assists with corporate transactions and advices on regulatory matters.
Sarantitis Law Firm acts for television and satellite broadcasters, radio stations, newspapers and magazines. Also handling corporate transactions, the group advises on the acquisition of media corporations and compliance with local regulation. Lawyers represent clients before the Radio-TV National Council, the Ministry of Press and Media and Administrative Authorities.
KKKM's partners and associates have considerable experience in advising and handling cases in a wide range of Law Areas, including litigation and administrative procedures (regulatory authorities). The Firm has been active since 2007 and is one of the most specialised law firms in media law in Greece. The practice is distinguished for its adaptability to the rapidly evolving environment as well as its ability to provide innovative and business – oriented advice and solutions, in a flexible and cost efficient manner.
A&K Metaxopoulos & Partners
Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners
Cocalis & Partners
Zepos & Yannopoulos
Avramopoulos & Partners
Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates
Calavros Law Firm
Mourgelas & Associates
Nikolinakos & Partners
Tsoukala & Partners
Dryllerakis & Associates
Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates
Koutalidis Law Firm
Politis & Partners
Sarantitis Law Firm
Elias Paraskevas Attorneys
Karatzas & Partners
Lambadarios Law Firm
Vainanidis, Economou & Associates
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