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Taiwan has had record levels of film production, coupled with advanced technology expertise and dynamic collaborations over the past year.

 

Despite the Covid-19, the island produced 71 films in 2021, making it the third most productive region globally. Taiwan has also brought immersive projects to the virtual reality programs of high profile film festivals around the world.


Lawyers say the past year has also included mandates from the gaming industry on data protection matters as well as from news media and publications on litigious matters.


Other areas of work in the legal industry have included contractual work in the music and sports industries. The entertainment industry in Taiwan is projected to generate approximately USD14.68 billion by 2024, with the highest rate of revenue

generated by internet access, traditional TV, video games and eSports.


In other developments, Taiwan launched a government-backed English-language streaming platform in August 2021. The platform is intended to include a mixture of news, international affairs and local stories.


Commenting on the launch, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said: “Taiwan Plus is an exciting new initiative to tell Taiwan’s story. Generations of Taiwanese fought to transform this country into a vibrant democracy that protects freedom of speech and expression.”  


TIER 1

Eiger’s focus is on entertainment and art. The media group advises on international publishing contracts for books, screenplays, periodicals and websites. Specialising in compliance and intellectual property policy, the team work closely with a range of high profile industry clienst.  


In line with its global emphasis, Baker McKenzie’s local practice advises on copyright matters in a range of sectors including technology. The firm also routinely works on complex, cross-border business transactions. The team also advises media and telecommunications clients on banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions.


Formosan Brothers advises clients on television, film and anti-trust issues. The firm’s work ranges from advice on film distribution and licensing to the acquisition of shares in publishing businesses. The firm has a separate division that also focusses on intellectual property. Practitioners also advise games companies on litigation and licensing disputes.


Lee, Tsai & Partners is well regarded by competitors and best known for its advice on cable television broadcasting laws and regulation. Lawyers are also well versed in foreign investment law. The team’s experience includes assistance to Formosa Plastic Group in its acquisition of Next Media Limited’s Taiwan Business, including Next Magazine, Apple Daily, Sharp Daily and Next TV.   


TIER 2

Entertainment specialist LCS & Partners assists clients with negotiating and drafting performance agreements and with government approval and permission. Lawyers assist with intellectually property matters, represent domestic and foreign companies on dispute resolution and advise on inbound investment and tax relief for royalties.


Lee and Li has a leading position with its media sector advice ranging from tax, risk management and strategy analysis. The team assists with television and radio matters, intellectual property, technology transfer and licensing. The firm also advises government and private businesses on drafting and amending laws and regulations.


TIER 3

Jones Day specialises in cyber security, privacy and data protection. The firm’s global focus on intellectual property creates an integrated approach with lawyers in Taiwan working closely with the firm’s international network. The team also advises on joint and strategic ventures.

 

K&L Gates litigates on behalf of clients in disputes regarding authorship, ownership, originality and fair use. The full-service firm assists with domestic and cross-border matters notably connected with intellectual property disputes.

TIER 1

Baker McKenzie

Eiger

Formosan Brothers  

Lee, Tsai & Partners


TIER 2

LCS & Partners

Lee and Li

Liang & Partners

Shay & Partners  

Yangming Partners


TIER 3

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Pamir Law Group



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