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Winston Maxwell
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Winston Maxwell is one of the leading media, communications and data protection lawyers in France. His practice covers three principal areas :

Telecommunications and Internet : Winston advises public and private sector clients in the telecommunications and internet industry on corporate, commercial, regulatory and litigation matters. Winston recently co-authored a report for the European Commission on the adoption bill & keep charging mechanisms for the exchange of IP traffic, and a report for the French regulatory authority ARCEP on the regulatory treatment of over-the-top services, cloud computing services and content delivery networks (CDNs). Winston advises mobile and fixed operators, Internet service and applications providers, directory providers, paging operators, and regulators.

Media and entertainment : French and international motion picture producers, distributors and channel providers seek Winston’s advice on commercial contracts, M&A, production and co-production agreements, agreements with talent, IFTA arbitrations, and regulatory questions linked to channel licenses, new technologies, connected TV and VOD.

Data protection and privacy : Winston has testified before several parliamentary committees in France on reform of data protection legislation, and represented clients in lobbying efforts before the European Commission in connection with reform of EU data protection rules. He advises clients on cross-border discovery, implementation of compliance and whistleblowing programs across multiple jurisdictions, handling data breaches, fraud and employee theft of data. He has advised on « privacy by design » in the context of smart grid projects, and on European data protection compliance for innovative Internet applications and services (geolocation, content recognition technologies, and tools used by Internet advertising networks).

Chambers Europe 2012 ranked Winston in Band 1 for both telecommunications and media :

The “excellent” Winston Maxwell is described by sources as “a great lawyer for licensing questions, particularly internationally,” and “a very impressive lawyer on regulatory issues.” He excels in both media and telecoms, and is regularly invited by government bodies to sit on expert panels in these fields (source Chambers Europe 2012)

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Advising French and non-French mobile and fixed operators on regulation of fixed and mobile termination rates, spectrum policy, and privacy regulations, including dispute resolution before the ARCEP
  • Advising international telecommunications providers and customers on cloud computing contracts and regulations
  • Advice to regulatory authorities in Europe and Africa on the implementation of new regulations relating to broadband communications (3G, 4G, fiber, DSL, cable)
  • Representation of motion picture producers and distributors in disputes including IFTA arbitrations
  • Negotiation and drafting of motion picture development, production and distribution agreements
  • Acquisitions and joint ventures involving film & television production companies and TV channels; regulatory advice on channels and VOD platforms
  • Data protection advice to multinationals in the deployment of comprehensive (SOX, Dodd Frank, US Sentencing Guidelines) compliance programs in Europe, including notifications to DPAs throughout Europe
  • European data protection advice to online health information providers, to pharmaceutical companies, to directory providers and to Internet advertising service providers


Hogan Lovells Publications
WInter 2014 "Winter 2014 | Global Media and Communications Quarterly." Global Media and Communications Quarterly, Hogan Lovells

05 July 2013 "Global Media and Communications Quarterly: Focus on Social Media." GMC Quarterly, Hogan Lovells

Autumn 2012 "Global Media and Communications Quarterly, The New Deal-Making Environment." Global Media and Communications Quarterly, Hogan Lovells

23 May 2012 "Hogan Lovells White Paper - Government access to Data in the Cloud." Hogan Lovells

10 May 2012 "Global Media and Communications Quarterly, The Future of Television." GMC Quarterly, Hogan Lovells

10 May 2012 "EU and U.S. Privacy Proposals Converge on Principles, Diverge on Method." GMC Quarterly, Hogan Lovells

Published Works
7 April 2014 "Net neutrality: the US and Europe differ on the principle of non-discrimination." Edition Multimédi@, n° 99

20 February 2014 "Global Privacy Governance." Fondation Télécom

13 February 2014 "Systematic government access to private-sector data in France."

13 January 2014 "Qu'attendre de la CJUEconcernant le blocage des sites Internet en matière de droits d'auteurs ?" Edition Multimédi@

14 October 2013 "The universal right to be forgotten on the internet worldwide seems to be impossible / Un droit à l'oubli universel applicable à l’Internet mondial semble hors de portée." Edition Multimédi@

22 July 2013 "Données publiques et données personnelles : un « mariage pour tous » aux limites de la légalité." Edition Multimédi@

June 2013 "Two models in the US: Exceptions to copyright law." Supplement on "The effectiveness of exceptions to copyright law and other similar laws: practices, legislation and regulation", Revue Lamy Droit de l'immateriel

May 2013 "4G in China: The Middle Kingdom speeds up." Cahiers de l'ARCEP

April 2013 "No transatlantic free trade agreement without adequate protection of personal data." Edition Multimédi@

February 2013 "Taxing personal data is much simpler in theory than in practice." Edition Multimédi@

November 2012 "The French Audiovisual Authority (le CSA) puts forward a proposal of "cultural exception" for the neutrality of the internet." Edition Multimédi@

Summer 2012 "So Close, Yet so far Apart: The EU and U.S.visions of a New Privacy Network." Antitrust, Vol. 26, no 3, 2012

Autumn 2012 "Patriot Act focus ignores governmental access to data in the cloud in multiple jurisdictions." Information Security and Privacy News

September 2012 "Telecom operators want better pay for Internet traffic." Edition Multimédi@

25 June 2012 "Fair use in Europe: not yet good idea, but one that might justify a copyright regulator." Edition Multimédi@

9 April 2012 "Data Privacy: United States and Europe converge on key principles." Edition Multimédi@

13 February 2012 "Data Privacy: the European Commission pushes for total harmonization." Edition Multimédi@

2012 "Confronting the FCC Net neutrality order with European regulatory principles." The Journal of Regulation n°2

21 November 2011 "Movie industry obtains blockage of a film-piracy site." Edition Multimédi@

5 September 2011 "Graduated response: the United States launches a private sector version of Hadopi." Edition Multimédi@

30 May 2011 "Internet filtering and blocking of the Web by telcos: a specific law is necessary." Edition Multimédi@

14 March 2011 "Net Neutrality: the main difficulty will be to set a minimum quality of service requirements." Edition Multimédi@

Spring 2011 "Data security in the Age of Cloud Computing." Commerce in France

February 2011 "Network Neutrality." Editions La Découverte

17 January 2011 "Net neutrality regulation: The United States shows the way for Europe." Edition Multimédi@

January 2011 "Ten facets of the Internet and the digital economy." Questions Internationales, n° 47

December 2010 "Providers face concerns over net neutrality." ManagingIP.com

November 2010 "Net neutrality: regulators await European guidelines." Edition Multimédi@

Autumn 2010 "Net neutrality in Europe: an economic and legal analysis." Revue Concurrence, n°4-2010

September 2010 "Connected TV creates a challenge for broadcasting regulations." Edition Multimédi@

August 2010 "The neutrality of networks: an introduction to the U.S. debate." Les cahiers de l'ARCEP

14 June 2010 "IP addresses and personal data: are we having the wrong debate?" Edition Multimedi@

01 June 2010 "Net neutrality and freedom of expression." Légipresse

January-February-March 2010 "My Rural Telco is Rich!" Les Cahiers de l'ARCEP

18 January 2010 "The US Try to Preserve Internet Neutrality." Edition Multimedi@ n° 5

4th Quarter 2009 "Smart Grids and Privacy." Communications & Strategies n° 76

16 November 2009 "Post Hadopi: The Role of Internet Service Providers Still Needs to be Clarified." Edition Multimédi@

October 2009 "Electronic Medical Data - Powerful New Communication Tools Create Privacy Challenges." Commerce in France n° 73

04 September 2009 "Making People Want to Download Legally." Les Echos

July-August 2009 "Less Legal Claims and More Cooperation from Copyright Owners in Connection with the Piracy Fight on the Internet." Légipresse n° 263

April 2009 "Seller's Liability for Business Facing Financial Difficulty." International Law Office

March 2009 "Content Industry: What Future for Territoriality Clauses in Copyright Licenses?" Revue Lamy Droit de l'Immatériel N° 47, Wolters Kluwer

01 January 2009 "A Comparative French and U.S. Law Approach to Scènes à Faire and Other Non-Protectable Elements in Copyright Law." Propriétés Intellectuelles

28 November 2008 "The FCC's Network Neutrality Ruling in the Comcast Case: Towards A Consensus With Europe?" Communications & Strategies, no. 72, Q4 2008, p.73

20 November 2008 "Electronic Communications: The Three Proposals Which Vex The Key Players." Le Temps

September - October 2008 "What Can Europe Learn From the Comcast Affair in the United States?" La Lettre de l'Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes

24 September 2008 "New Law Implements Cross-Border Mergers Directive." International Law Office French M&A Newsletter

29 August 2008 "Net Neutrality in the U.S.: Comcast Can No Longer Block P2P Exchanges." Le Journal du Net

30 June 2008 "Spectrum and Copyright: Paving the New Media Highway." Commerce in France

30 June 2008 "Targeted Advertising and Consumer Protection in France, Europe, and the U.S." Contrats - Concurrences - Consommation, LexisNexis JurisClasseur

April 2008 "U.S. and EU Authorities Review Privacy Threats on Social Networking Sites." Ent. L.R., Issue 4, Sweet & Maxwell Limited

01 December 2007 "United States: Using Spectrum Policy to Promote “Wireless Net Neutrality”." La Lettre de l'Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes

4th quarter 2007 "Regulating Duct Access in Europe: Lessons from the U.S. Regulatory Framework." Communications & Strategies, no. 68

30 April 2007 "Functional Separation: What We Can Learn From The British Experience." La Lettre de l'Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes

07 November 2006 "La séparation réseau-services comme outil de dérégulation." LesEchos.fr

11 October 2006 "Economic patriotism: France’s regulations more bark than bite." Commerce in France

01 June 2006 "French Copyright Law Reform: French Supreme Court Upholds Legality of DVD Anti-Copy Measures." Entertainment Law Review

30 May 2006 "la Cour europeenne de justice est saisie." La lettre des télécommunications

01 March 2006 "France Criticized for New Foreign Investment Rules." IFLR - International Financial Law Review

31 October 2005 "Paris Appeal Court Rules DVD Anti-Copy Measures Illegal." Entertainment Law Review, Sweet & Maxwell Limited

31 July 2005 "French Exon-Florio Regulations to be Issued." The European Lawyer

24 May 2005 "Contrôler des investissements étrangers." Les Echos

01 May 2005 "Le Financement du Service Universel Aux Etats-Unis." La Lettre de L’Autorité de Régulation des Communications Ėlectroniques et des Postes

01 April 2005 "Defining "Control" of Motion Picture and Television Companies Under French Law." Entertainment Law Review

01 March 2005 "New Motion Picture Tax Incentives in France and Hungary." Entertainment Law Review

01 October 2004 "French Data Protection Law - Consequences for Companies."

August 2004 "The August 6th 2004 French Data Protection Law: Consequences for companies." Communications & Strategies

01 April 2004 "Moral Rights Clauses after Barbelivien." Entertainment Law Review, Sweet & Maxwell Limited

28 February 2004 "The Decisions of the FCC Have Become Very 'Political'."

2003 "Electronic Communications: the New EU Framework.", Oxford University Press

12 February 2003 "French Moral Rights: It's Not As Bad As It Looks."

22 July 2002 "3G in the United States: Caught Between the Supreme Court and the Pentagon." The Telecommunications Newsletter

25 March 2002 "Freedom of Speech and the Internet: Europe, and the U.S. Perspectives after September 11, 2001." 17th European Communications Policy Research Conference. Barcelona, Spain. 25, March. 2002.

01 January 2002 "Electronic Communications: The New EU Framework." Oceana Publications

01 January 2001 "Telecommunications Under the Bush Administration." ENST Alumni Journal

RELATED EVENTS
02 April 2014
Net Neutrality Within the Global Marketplace – A Discussion on Recent Net Neutrality Trends in the United States, European Union, and Asia

PRACTICES
Commercial
Technology, Media and Telecoms
Privacy and Data Protection
INDUSTRY SECTORS
Technology, Media and Telecoms
AREAS OF FOCUS
  • French and European Communications Law
  • Media and Entertainment Law
  • Transactions and Policy
  • Privacy Law 
BLOGS
Chronicle of Data Protection
International Spectrum Review
Global Media and Communications Watch
EDUCATION
J.D., Cornell University Law School, 1985 B.A., with highest honors, Oregon State University, 1982
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Co-Chair, American Chamber of Commerce in France's New Media, IT and Privacy Committee
  • Member IAPP
  • Member of International Association of Entertainment Lawyers
AWARDS / RANKINGS
  • Chambers Europe, Band 1, Media and Telecommunications - France 2012
  • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa, Media and Entertainment: Full service - France 2012
  • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa, IT, Telecoms and the Internet - France, 2012
  • Best Lawyers in France - Telecommunications, 2012
  • Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Regulatory Communications, 2011
BAR ADMISSIONS / QUALIFICATIONS New York Paris
LANGUAGES English French