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Butzel Long’s media team is an active force in media law on the state and national levels. We routinely handle all aspects of the legal challenges faced by the media industry, and we advise a variety of media organizations as they seek to serve the public interest. Our clients are traditional media outlets with traditional media issues, along with emerging technology groups and digital businesses needing advice on data protection and cybercrimes. We also advise clients with respect to publishing and royalty disputes, representing both publishers and authors.

Our team has extensive experience in the traditional areas of libel, invasion of privacy, newsroom counseling, state and federal Freedom of Information Acts, Open Meetings Act disputes, entry into courtrooms and other public proceedings, and access to public records. We are also experienced in digital media including the areas of advertising clearance, the Communications Decency Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, user agreements including terms of use and privacy policies, international privacy protection, endorsement issues, content licensing, branding, website and software development, PCI compliance and cybersquatting. We dedicate ourselves to helping clients avoid litigation by regularly counseling on legal issues throughout content development. We conduct, for example, pre-publication reviews and seminars to help avoid costly litigation. Yet, when the need arises, our attorneys bring to bear a rich history of successfully litigating traditional and digital media issues at the trial and appellate levels; we actively participate in the development of First Amendment theory and practice.


American Transmission v. Channel 7 of Detroit, 239 Mich. App. 695; 609 N.W.2d 607; 28 Media L. Rep. (BNA) 1823 (2000) (libel/other torts involving “Call for Action” investigation)
Cecil Fielder v. Greater Media, Inc., No. 267495 (Mich. App. July 25, 2006) (unpublished) (libel lawsuit by former Detroit Tigers All-Star)
Cross v. Detroit News, 29 Media L. Rep. (BNA) 2439 (Mich. App. 2001) (libel claim by business owner)
Curtis v Evening News Association, 135 Mich. App.101, 103 (1984). Represented newspaper in defending defamation suit. Successfully obtained summary judgment