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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment Media Law Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property First Amendment Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Law Advertising Law Litigation - Patent First Amendment Law Copyright Law Franchise Law Privacy and Data Security Law Media Law Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Theater Litigation - First Amendment
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Corporate Law International Mergers & Acquisitions
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Media Law Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Theater Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - First Amendment First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music Media Law Copyright Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Commercial Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Media Law Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Media Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Trademark Law Copyright Law First Amendment Law Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Trademark Law Entertainment Law - Music Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Beverly Hills, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Entertainment Law - Music Litigation - Intellectual Property
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Banking and Finance Entertainment Law - Music Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Media Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Music Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Santa Monica, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Intellectual Property Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music Criminal Defense: General Practice Commercial Litigation

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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.