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Abha Shah

  • Partner

Practice Area/Industry Focus

Non-contentious work of Media & Entertainment Sector, IP rights monetization, Technology and Trademarks.

Highlights of Professional Journey

Abha Shah is a key member of the Technology, Media and Telecommunication practice at the firm and represents leading film studios, production houses, celebrities, acting talent, tech companies and e-commerce giants. She is involved in commercial-legal roles for advising, structuring, drafting, vetting and negotiating complicated agreements (like format acquisitions, co-production (domestic and international), development, licensing, acquisition deals, revenue sharing deals, distribution, etc.) for media clients for their films, international formats, digital/web series and TV programs related work. She regularly advises and represents leading acting talents in India with respect to their professional engagements for brand endorsements, acting assignments, stage performances and music talents for their professional engagements with producers and music label.

Abha devises acquisition and licensing strategies for intellectual property rights including copyrights for several of her clients and also renders legal opinions on complex IP matters. She regularly advises clients on script, content clearances, due diligence for ascertaining IP ownership and has carried out due diligence of title and copyright ownership for more than 1000 films.

Abha's technology practice covers drafting, reviewing and negotiating development, support, and maintenance agreements, technology transfer, licensing and distribution agreements, outsourcing and services agreements, website design, hosting and maintenance agreements. She is also involved in drafting, reviewing and advising on legal issues relating to website acceptable use policy, disclaimer, privacy policy and terms and conditions and also provides strategic advice to various e-commerce giants and web-based business clients by understanding the laws, rules and regulations governing b2b, b2c and electronic

Abha manages the IP prosecution portfolio of the firm including filing and pursuing Trademark & Copyright Registration Applications before Registries across various states in the country.

Some of the noteworthy clients represented by her are Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Boney Kapoor, Shashi Ranjan, T-Series, Phantom, Bling, Abundantia, Ellipsis, etc.

Corporate Advisory

Advised Vedanta in relation to joint venture with Taiwan based electronic manufacturing conglomerate in setting up a manufacturing facility for semiconductor and display fabs in India.

Advised and assisted Runaya Metsource in setting up joint venture with a global manufacturer of mining and infrastructure solutions.

Advised Yes Bank Limited in relation to multi- parties, multi- jurisdiction funding for a film

Advised National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) on various co-production deals with Indian as well as foreign film producers.

Advised Saavn LLC / Saavn Media Private Limited , inter alia, legal compliance and due diligence measures to be adopted by Saavn as an intermediary under the provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000. Advised on issues relating to curbing of online piracy of its licensed content, fair dealing provisions under the Copyright Act, 1957.

Advised and assisted Viacom 18 Media Private Limited (Colors, MTV, Comedy Central, etc.) in end-to-end documentation support and services for their film production and distribution business of Indian films in multiple formats worldwide, including theatrical, television syndication and digital platforms.

Advised and assisted Eros International Media Limited (Eros Now) pertaining to their Over-the-Top platform “Eros Now”, telecom and OEM integration deals and marketing deals.

Advised Times studio, a division of Bennett Coleman & Co. Limited in structuring varied production and development deals with leading publishers and writers to develop original fiction and non-fiction shows and formats for broadcasters and OTT platforms.

Advised Prime Focus World, NV / Prime Focus Limited in the structured investment agreements and production service agreements for VFX and 3D services. Additionally, assisted Prime Focus in relation to private equity investment from AID Partners Capital Limited.

Advised and assisted in drafting and closure of the commissioning agreement with Netflix for the web series “Sacred Games” along with all production agreements. Including, all cast and crew agreements in relation to the same.

Advised and assistedDisney Star in acquiring a film library of more than 100 films for satellite telecast.

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