Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT)
VR Law Offices Associates’ Technology practice is at par with global standards in offering legal services to leading-edge transactions in the technology realm. The team’s experience, industry knowledge and expertise have enabled seamless legal solutions to complex commercial matters. With a client base of leading players in the technology sector and ITeS/BPO sector, the firm’s services include legal advisory, regulatory compliances, drafting, reviewing agreements & contracts, e-commerce, ITeS, transactional support etc. Protecting their rights in the competitive market, the firm also assists clients in IPR matters and strategizing commercial goals.
The team advises clients on various provisions of the Information Technology Act and rules including offences/ violations committed thereunder. The team has advised and assisted several companies in structuring, commencement of business operations in online gaming/ gambling sector and has assisted them in drafting, negotiating and finalizing related commercial and licensing contracts.
The team has experience in advising companies operating in entertainment, print, digital media and broadcasting sectors. The team also advises clients on issues relating to gaming & sports law. The team advises on the issue relating to creation, production and dissemination of advertising across all media, particularly interactive technology and consumer generated content.
The team has experience to represent studios, sports associations, television and film production houses, independent players, new media companies, music companies and television networks. At the practice’s core, is the representation of clients in transactions involving issues pertaining to the production and distribution of motion pictures and television programming.
The team advices on whole range of legal and regulatory issues including advertising, media & broadcasting laws, IPR, guidelines, rules & regulations, registrations, licenses & compliances under the relevant regulations, public policy issues & initiatives, distribution, broadcast, syndication rights and deals, television format rights, script options and purchases, agreements, multi-media, digital and new technology services, privacy and data protection.
The firm has a robust telecommunication practice both in the regulatory sphere and litigation. It has vast experience in handling telecommunication issues involving in-depth understanding of technical knowhow, telecommunication laws and regulatory regimes/ rules which inter alia include drafting, negotiating, finalization and closing of the joint venture agreement; obtaining foreign investment approvals and relevant telecom licenses from the licensor/ concerned Government bodies, routing of calls in and outside India, installation of servers/ nodes, lawful intercept and monitoring requirements, reselling of bandwidth and telecom resources, tariff, license fee/ adjusted gross revenue etc.
The Firm represents its clients in regulatory proceedings, consultations with regulatory authorities on various matters (such as relating tariff determination, licensing and adjudicatory proceedings) and also before the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), arbitral tribunals, the High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. The firm has extensive experience in advising and assisting the Government of India, Department of Telecommunications (licensor) and companies (licensees) operating in telecommunications sector including international carriers, mobile and landline telecom operators, internet service providers, submarine cable operators/ owners, cable landing station operators etc. on complex legal and regulatory issues.