Coe W. Ramsey

Coe W. Ramsey


Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

Recognized since 2019

Raleigh, North Carolina

Practice Areas

Copyright Law

Entertainment Law - Music

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Copyright Law
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Coe Ramsey is a media and entertainment lawyer with an emphasis in broadcast, music, and intellectual property law. A former disc jockey, Coe represents radio and television stations, programming networks, music-related businesses, musicians, producers, artists, new media companies, and others in nearly every area of media and entertainment law.

Coe has a diverse entertainment practice that includes matters related to music, radio, film, television, and publishing. His passion for broadcasting and music stems from his years of experience in the industry as a DJ, re-mixer, and producer. A former mix show DJ for Greensboro, NC, radio station 102 JAMZ (WJMH), Coe has a deep understanding of the complex legal problems that entertainment clients face. He is a leading entertainment lawyer and counsels a variety of clients including artists, musicians, producers, radio and television stations, record and publishing companies, new media companies, advertisers, DJs, authors, and other related ventures in nearly every area of entertainment law. He represents clients on a variety of issues, including contract drafting and negotiation, music licensing, management agreements, record agreements, publishing agreements, copyright, trademark, litigation, intellectual property disputes, legal structures for bands, life story rights, sponsorship agreements, advertising, SAG-AFTRA, privacy, and formation and financing of entertainment companies.

Coe’s communications and media practice focuses on FCC regulatory, transactional, corporate and intellectual property (copyright and trademark) matters. Coe represents radio and television operators throughout the country. He counsels and advocates for clients on a variety of issues, including buying and selling radio and television stations, FCC ownership rules and policies, ATSC 3.0, digital broadcasting, and other new technology deployments, broadcast licensing and renewals, programming issues, cable and satellite carriage, political advertising, and music licensing. Coe also works with programming networks and new media companies, including national networks, Internet broadcasters, OTT and other digital programming networks and platforms, and app developers, and assists them on a variety of issues, including content acquisition and protection, distribution, licensing, privacy, terms and conditions, and advertising and promotions.

Coe also assists clients in virtually all aspects of intellectual property with an emphasis on copyright, trademark, and right to publicity matters. Coe’s clients include radio and television stations, programming networks, new media companies, artists and musicians, record and publishing companies, advertisers, Internet broadcasters, OTT and other digital programming networks and platforms, and other media and entertainment companies and entrepreneurs whose businesses involve intellectual property matters. He represents clients on a variety of issues, including contract drafting and negotiation, licensing, intellectual property protection, and litigation.

Location

  • Wells Fargo Capitol Center, Suite 1700
    150 Fayetteville Street
    P.O. Box 1800
    Raleigh, NC 27602

Education

  • Wake Forest University , J.D., graduated 1998
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., graduated 1994

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, North Carolina
  • Tennessee, Tennessee

Affiliations

  • Federal Communications Bar Association - Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association - Member
  • Sports & Entertainment Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association - Council Member
  • Wake Forest University School of Law - Adjunct Professor

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Copyright Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Copyright Law, Raleigh (2022)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Copyright Law
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Entertainment Law - Music

Special Focus

  • COVID-19

Awards:

  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Intellectual Property Law (2016-2021)
  • Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Entertainment and Sports Law (2019-2022) and as a “Rising Star” in Entertainment & Sports Law (2011-2012) and Communications Law (2009)
  • AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

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