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The Music Industry Practice at Sheppard Mullin represents a diverse client base spanning all aspects of the music business, including, recording artists, composers and producers, record labels and publishers, performance rights organizations, motion picture studios, broadcast and cable television networks, digital music services, social media platform providers, and various content providers and aggregators, live event producers, advertisers and agencies. Our team works alongside both emerging and established clients, providing practical and proficient legal advice to a myriad of issues at the forefront of the industry. We have wide-ranging experience, from forming and developing vertically-integrated music companies (record labels, publishing, management, liven events) to advising companies across a multitude of industries regarding the delivery and licensing of music content via novel and emerging technologies, platforms and distribution models.

Counseling and Transactional Matters:

We guide our clients through every step of a transaction and can assist in providing strategic counsel and guidance, and the negotiation and drafting of agreements in all areas including:

  • Recording Artists and Producers
  • Songwriting and Publishing
  • Digital Music
  • Distribution
  • Catalog Purchase and Sale
  • Licensing
  • Touring and Venue matters
  • Film, Television, New Media and Technology
  • Labor and Unions
  • Management and agency representation agreements 
  • Rights Clearance
  • Marketing, Promotion Sponsorship, Endorsements and Merchandising
  • Copyright
  • New Media Business Models and Strategies (including electronic sell-through, mobile, subscription, streaming and ad-supported models)


In addition to our transactional depth, the attorneys in Sheppard Mullin’s music litigation practice have represented clients in disputes involving both commercial matters and intellectual property. Appearing at both the trial and appellate levels, our practitioners have represented private and public companies and individuals in complex contractual disputes, royalty disputes, concert promotion, management and agency matters, copyright and trademark infringement, antitrust and business torts.



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