Best Lawyers for Entertainment Law - Music in America

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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1987
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Advertising Law Litigation - Patent First Amendment Law Copyright Law Commercial Litigation Communications Law Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music International Mergers and Acquisitions
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Theater Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - First Amendment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Media Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Antitrust Sports Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Copyright Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Century City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Entertainment and Sports Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Litigation - Construction Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law

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Practice Area Definition

Entertainment Law - Music Definition

The proliferation of technologies and platforms that are used to produce and distribute music, combined with the complexity of the copyright laws relating to music, creates many legal challenges for performing artists, record companies, digital services, and others who are involved in creating or using music. Attorneys who practice in the music area represent many different industry participants in negotiating and drafting agreements, advising on copyright and rights clearance issues, and resolving disputes. These participants may be involved in the production of music (e.g., record companies, music publishers, performing artists, and songwriters), the use of music (e.g., advertisers, motion picture and television producers, online music services, media outlets, and device manufacturers), or some combination of those activities.

The types of music deals that music lawyers frequently address include:
  • Artist recording contracts
  • License agreements for the use of music in film, television, radio, advertising, video games, live theater, and other productions
  • Agreements relating to the use of music in “cloud”-based storage and playback services, Internet radio services, and other digital services
  • Sponsorship and endorsement agreements with performing artists
  • Agreements between artists and managers, agents, and other representatives
  • Acquisition and disposition of music catalogs, including in connection with corporate transactions in the entertainment industry
Music attorneys also assist companies that use music in determining what licenses are required for a particular activity and from whom those licenses should be obtained. This includes analyzing the application of existing laws and agreements to new distribution methods and negotiations with performing rights organizations and other rightsholders. Attorneys in the music practice area also advise clients on legal issues relating to the use of social media and other new technologies.
The proliferation of technologies and platforms that are used to produce and distribute music, combined with the complexity of the copyright laws relating to music, creates many legal challenges for performing artists, record companies, digital services, and others who are involved in creating or using music. Attorneys who practice in the music area represent many different industry participants in negotiating and drafting agreements, advising on copyright and rights clearance issues, and resolving disputes. These participants may be involved in the production of music (e.g., record companies, music publishers, performing artists, and songwriters), the use of music (e.g., advertisers, motion picture and television producers, online music services, media outlets, and device manufacturers), or some combination of those activities.

The types of music deals that music lawyers frequently address include:
  • Artist recording contracts
  • License agreements for the use of music in film, television, radio, advertising, video games, live theater, and other productions
  • Agreements relating to the use of music in “cloud”-based storage and playback services, Internet radio services, and other digital services
  • Sponsorship and endorsement agreements with performing artists
  • Agreements between artists and managers, agents, and other representatives
  • Acquisition and disposition of music catalogs, including in connection with corporate transactions in the entertainment industry
Music attorneys also assist companies that use music in determining what licenses are required for a particular activity and from whom those licenses should be obtained. This includes analyzing the application of existing laws and agreements to new distribution methods and negotiations with performing rights organizations and other rightsholders. Attorneys in the music practice area also advise clients on legal issues relating to the use of social media and other new technologies.