Rodolphe Boissau

Attorney-at-law ATurquoise

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Member Details

Jurisdictions
  • France

Exclusive IR Member for:

  • Tech-Media-Telecoms
Address
65 av Marceau
Paris 75116 France

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Biography

EXPERTISE:

  • Rodolphe has over 14 years of experience in IP and TMT.
  • His key expertise covers media and entertainment law and customary practices in the audiovisual, film, music, publishing, fashion, show and tech industries including: advice concerning current laws and upcoming reforms; advice on production financing; audit of rights portfolios; drafting and negotiations of various deals; contacts and negotiations with collective management organisations, professional associations and administrative regulators; litigation, etc. He has been advising a variety of clients in these industries including: start-up and tech companies; TV broadcasters, TV presenters; film production companies, directors and scripts; streaming platforms, music publishers, composers and performers; international publishers and writers; fashion houses and directors; international show production companies, etc.
  • He has extensive skills in regulations and procedures aimed at stopping intellectual property infringements and obtaining damages, as well as online privacy, e-reputation, procedures against online fraud including impersonation and phishing. He has recently advised and assisted international publishers in a landmark case involving massively-infringing websites so as to obtain site-blocking injunctions to be implemented by internet service providers (see the decision https://www.legalis.net/actualite/blocage-par-les-fai-de-57-noms-de-domaine-des-plateformes-sci-hub-et-libgen/  https://www.legalis.net/jurisprudences/tgi-de-paris-3eme-ch-4eme-section-jugement-en-la-forme-des-referes-le-7-mars-2019/ and the report of the European Union Intellectual Property office from August 2019 quoting the decision in page 43, https://euipo.europa.eu/tunnel-web/secure/webdav/guest/document_library/observatory/documents/reports/2019_IPR_Enforcement_Case_Law_Collection/2019_IPR_Enforcement_Case_Law_Collection_en.pdf).  
  • Rodolphe has also considerable experience in coordinating media/communication campaigns, coordinating research and reviewing reports and publications for defamation and other press offences purpose, and working on cases involving public affairs, especially in corporate governance and finance matters, as well as in tax, environment and competition matters.
  • He also enjoys extensive skills in data protection and GDPR-related issues as well as franchising matters. 

Firm Description

  • ATurquoise is among the market leaders serving the Tech-Media-Telecoms industries: Entertainment (Cinema, Music, Live Shows, Sport, Art), IT (Internet, Telecom, Domain Names, Personal Data, Software) and Media (Communication, Press, Public Affairs, Advertising, Reputation management) sectors are at the very core of the work it undertakes.
  • As an independent human-sized company, A Turquoise aims to help its clients achieve their ambitions through innovative solutions notably based on its cross-border experience in Europe, the US and China.
  • A Turquoise represents a wide variety of clients: from international companies to individuals, artists, authors, profit and non-profit organisations, institutions, unions, communities and non-governmental organisations. The firm also advises clients from many different industries such as fashion, entertainment, cinema, music, live shows, media, food, telecoms and internet. Thanks to this diversity, A Turquoise lawyers have developed cross-sector skills in matters combining notably intellectual property and philanthropy, corporate, tax or labour law.

PROGRAMS DEDICATED TO TMT:

  • The firm has developed several programs dedicated to TMT which include:
  • COMPLIANCE PROGRAM : ATurquoise has developed an innovative and complex compliance certification program aiming highlighting good practices and compliant stakeholders, securing investment and building trust in business notably through the providing of, on-site training, audits, legal opinions and communication tools.
  • ANTIPIRACY PROGRAMS: ATurquoise has acquired a strong expertise in understanding online & telecom advertising and fraud mechanisms for its different clients from both the IT and entertainment industries. The firm (i) implements with its clients investigation methods that facilitate the understanding of fraudsters leitmotiv and business models, (ii) uses software and tracking technologies to identify online fraud and (iii) uses all legal tools to track online infringements, frauds and protect the interests of right holders and parties wrongfully accused. Thanks to the expert tools and technologies ATurquoise has access to, the firm is able to track down all online infringements applicable to the entertainment and luxury brand industries (including notably audiovisual works, music, and other works protected by copyright).
  • COMMUNICATION PROGRAMS:
    • PUBLIC AFFAIRS: The firm offers a unique service in Public Affairs and communication campaigns. ATurquoise team coordinates communication and lobbying campaigns, provides advice related to French and European communication perception, reviews all communication documents (articles, press releases…) directed to French and EU audience for legal compliance, provides recommendations related to advertising compliance, sets communication strategies.
    • REPUTATION MANAGEMENT: Defamation, privacy, celebrity endorsement, e-reputation management are among the different matters dealt by the firm on a daily basis. Thanks to its close relations with its clients and its good knowledge of the communication environment, ATurquoise team is able to react quickly and effectively when facing communication crisis where sensitive and proportionate advice are needed. Depending the situation and the client’s nature, it is essential to adopt an adequate approach in order to avoid “bad buzz”. The law firm assists agencies and personalities on different matters involving image rights (agency mandate, image rights assignments, voices and dubbing, models agreements, advertising orders, advertising control, online advertising space purchase, endorsement, ambassador agreements, muse agreements)
  • INTELLIGENCE SERVICES RELATED TO TMT: ATurquoise offers media, communication and intelligence services to its clients, and is also pretty involved in sharing with its network of partners, clients, friends and other followers, strategic news that may directly impact this audience. The firm has implemented a system allowing its lawyers to directly and instantly share through social media and blog articles news and important information that are of interest. ATurquoise is ranked in the TOP 100 Business law firms followed on Twitter.

PRACTICE FOCUS:

 

MUSIC PRACTICE FOCUS

The firm handles a wide diversity of matters related to Music:

  • Production (Recording, Publishing, Licensing, Live Shows)
  • Distribution: digital distribution, online streaming platforms, online sales
  • Live shows: strong expertise in the creation, organization, and release of live shows (all legal matters related to live shows from A to Z).
  • Collective management organizations: global revenue distribution, negotiations with CMOs
  • Image rights: appearance releases, performers agreements, image monetization, press
  • Merchandising, neighboring rights, synchronization
  • Touring
  • Business law related to the music industry: creation of labels, self-publishing, performers employment, exercise of options, assignment of rights, licenses
  • Agent and management deals
  • Advertising: content monetization, compliance
  • Online fraud:expert in tracking down music online piracy.

AUDIOVISUAL FOCUS

The firm handles a wide diversity of matters related to Cinema:

  • Production: co-financing agreements, crowdfunding, legal counseling for innovative financing scheme, legal counseling to non-profit organizations for entertainment projects (financing and legal aspects),
  • Broadcasting: media chronology, online streaming platform, VoD services,
  • Image rights: appearance releases, performers agreements, image monetization, press
  • Merchandising
  • Business law related to the audiovisual industry: creation production company, employment, bankruptcy proceedings of audiovisual producer companies, exercise of pre-emption rights, assignment of rights, management of securities registered at the French Public Registry (liens, assignment of receipts), licenses
  • Advertising: content monetization, compliance
  • Online fraud: expert in tracking down movie online piracy.

ADVERTISING FOCUS

The firm handles a wide diversity of matters related to Advertising:

  • Advertising Production:  production compliance and content compliance, financing, co-production of TV commercials, negotiation of authors rights, legal opinion and analysis regarding current audiovisual regulation and its evolution
  • Brand endorsement: implementation of partnerships, sponsoring of renown personalities, defense of personality rights in promotional campaigns for commercial purposes or non-commercial purposes
  • Advertising monetization: business models based on advertising revenues, content monetization, online platform monetization strategies and advertising
  • Advertising fraud: litigation related to online and telecom advertising, counterfeiting revenues resulting from advertising, online piracy and high jacking of advertising business models,
  • Advertising agencies and business law matters: audit of advertising agencies, advertising agencies compliance (notably Loi Sapin 1 & 2)
  • Public Affairs and communication campaigns: coordination of communication and lobbying campaigns, provides advice related to French and European communication perception, reviews all communication documents (articles, press releases…) directed to French and EU audience for legal compliance, provides recommendations related to advertising compliance, sets communication strategies.
  • Reputation management, press law and communication strategies: defamation, privacy, celebrity endorsement, e-reputation management, agency mandate, image rights assignments, voices and dubbing, models agreements, advertising orders, advertising control, online advertising space purchase, endorsement, ambassador agreements, muse agreements
  • International communication campaigns: strategic advice regarding international communication campaigns related to IP and royalties matters, communication and media work aiming to explain in everyday language legal concepts and situations (notably related to IP rights and royalties) in order to help our clients communicate on the different matters they are involved with. Coordination with EU lawyers, action coordination with European deputies, work compilation, reports, advertising and press releases.
  • Intelligence services: media, communication and intelligence services

Turquoise advises its clients in the definition and the conduct of their advertisement, marketing and communication operations. Its sectorial expertise serves a wild variety of clients, from communication campaigns for ngos and non-profit organizations, production of advertising contents, advertising management, implementation of partnerships, sponsoring of renown personalities, defense of personality rights in promotional campaigns for commercial purposes or non-commercial purposes.

IT FOCUS

The firm handles a wide diversity of matters related to IT:

  • Business law related to the IT industry: creation of company, employment, bankruptcy proceedings, assignment of rights, licenses
  • Advertising: content monetization, compliance
  • Online fraud: investigation methods that facilitate the understanding of fraudsters leitmotiv and business models, use of software and tracking technologies to identify online fraud, use of all legal tools to track online infringements, frauds and protect the interests of right holders and parties wrongfully accused.
  • Management, processing and transfer of personal data, notably between the EU and the USA
  • Online platforms: liability, clearing of rights, business model, advertising
  • Telecoms and Internet: service agreements, ethics, pricing, compliance, advertising, editors liability, intermediaries liability, monetization and payment services, digital marketing
  • Software: IP protection, licensing, royalties negotiation, assignment
  • Block Chain technology and bitcoins
  • Websites: online fraud, counterfeit, legal mentions, host and editor responsibility
  • Domain names: protection, negotiation, dispute resolution
  • E-reputation: spamming, phishing, identity theft