Internet, media, entertainment and gaming law

The advent of cyber technology has seen the need for all sorts of regulation for the governance & control of online activities. Several areas of law have felt concerned, including intellectual property law, contracts, commerce, crime, security, data protection and privacy, conflict of laws & jurisdictional issues, online gambling, electronic payments, online banking, monetary issues (bitcoin, etc), hacking, advertisement laws, etc. We assist our clients to navigate these issues raised by cyber law.

Media & Entertainment Law

Dayspring Law Firm specializes in media & entertainment law. We advise the media industry on a variety of laws touching on media activities, including, audio-visual laws, advertisement laws, social communication, broadcasting laws, rules regulating radio and cable television enterprises with respect to the activities of production and broadcasting of programs, media codes of ethics & professional standards in journalism, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, access to information law, whistleblowing, censorship laws, defamation, copyright law, image rights, legal protection of journalists, editorial independence rules, media coverage laws, professional secrecy & confidentiality, privacy law, rule of law issues, laws government licensing schemes for the media, right of access to public interest information, criminal law, hate speech, etc.

Our principal role as a leading entertainment law firm is to employ cutting edge legal techniques to empower various stakeholders of the entertainment industry to achieve their dreams in optimal conditions. Our entertainment lawyers have a deep understanding of the business of entertainment and know how to assist industry stakeholders to manage their IP rights effectively. We advise clients on entertainment law comprising mostly intellectual property law (especially copyright law) as it relates to the entertainment industry, music law, motion pictures (film) law, cinema law, competition laws, estate law, video games law, censorship & broadcasting guidelines, online advertisement, trade secrets law, franchise law, image rights, online publication and broadcasting rules, etc. We represent artists (songwriters, singers, writers, screenwriters, film makers, production companies, painters, designers, actors, photographers, etc.) and help them defend and protect their rights in the entertainment industry. We draft a variety of copyright contracts, including, assignments and licences contracts, work-for-hire agreements, personal service agreements, artist management contracts, collective bargaining agreements, endorsement contracts, creative artists agreements, production & distribution agreements, revenue sharing agreements, trade secret agreements, joint ownership contracts, etc.

Gaming Law

According to a Cameroonian management consulting firm, there are some five (5) million Cameroonians involved in betting annually, spending close to 900 billion FCFA. Regulation on gambling is robust, touching on areas such as gambling law itself, business law, commercial law, regulations on payment systems and online payment, external trade law, foreign exchange regulations, electronic communication law, advertisement law, consumer protection laws, electronic commerce law, privacy law and data protection regulations, tourism & leisure activities, intellectual property issues, competition laws, criminal law, urban regulations, tax law, laws on public order & tranquillity, etc. The main law regulating this sector is a 2015 law laying down rules governing entertainment games, money games and games of chance. It is complemented by other regulations, notably a 2019 decree. These legal instruments classify the activities in its area of regulation under three (03) legal regimes: concession (casinos, betting, and public lotteries), authorisation (entertainment games, commercial lotteries, raffles, and online games) and declaration (for private and occasional lotteries). We assist clients every step of the way, to obtain operational permits, compliance, disputes with administrative authorities, tax advice, etc.