Media, Arts and Entertainment Law

Legal advice to individuals and entities in the creative economy i.e. fashion, entertainment, media, and art industries.

The firm has been involved in advising on and setting up of suitable business vehicles including for-profit and not-for profit organisations, public trusts and companies engaged in music recording, audio-visual productions, events management and curation of the arts. We have liaised with the Kenya Film Classification Board and Kenya Film Commission for filming licences, commercial still photographing licences and certificates of registration of filming agents and filming companies.

We provide legal advice on defamation and libel laws, legal and regulatory compliance issues, viable business structures for the creative industry, celebrity status and reputation management, brand and image rights protection, design and innovation protection, digital media and gaming issues, social media issues, chain of title issues, production and post-production issues, distribution issues, festivals and events management, agreements – option agreements, talent agreements, distribution agreements, licensing and assignment of licences and rights, talent agreements, producer agreements, author agreements, rental agreements and co-production agreements; and intellectual property – trademarks, copyright, moral rights, industrial design and patents to – artists, actors, thespians, craftspersons, musicians, bands, music and video producers, film directors, scriptwriters, apps and software developers, journalists, models, photographers, advertising professionals, publishers, social media influencers, fashion designers, music composers and financiers in the industry.

The firm partners have been actively involved in and been part of the discussions around the review and proposed repeal of the Films and Plays Act, Cap 222 of the laws of Kenya by a new industry-led Film Bill; discussions with industry players, the Ministry of Sports, Culture and The Arts, the Kenya Film Classification Board, among others on a new omnibus Creative Economy Bill encompassing the entire creative industry in Kenya.

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OT Advocates accepts cheques, direct bank transfer (SWIFT, RTGS, EFT), cash, mobile money (this includes MPESA, Airtel Money). A Deposit Request Note (invoice) is issued immediately instructions have been firmed up by the client; and at completion, a Fee Note (final invoice) is issued for the balance of the agreed fee and disbursements with credit being afforded to the earlier payment (deposit). All payments are due within fourteen (14) days from receipt of invoice.

Usually, clients meet with our attorneys at our offices but not always. If this is not convenient or you are prevented from physically meeting us at our office, we are amenable to having a Skype, Imo or WhatsApp call or video call, tele-conference call, normal telephone calls or email correspondence. We are always happy to work with our clients to ensure that their legal matters are solved in the most efficient and expeditious manner. If this means meeting with you at a place other than our office, we would be happy to do so, under reasonable circumstances.

Yes. If you choose to engage OT Advocates, do not hesitate to ask us any relevant questions concerning your matter. You can inquire about fees and payment terms; our strategy for handling your matter; what to expect during the process; the documentation and information needed by us; possible outcomes; how to prepare for negotiations and legal proceedings; and how to communicate with your attorney (especially in the event that an urgent issue arises).

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