What We Do
Public Policy and Artist Rights
Help clients prepare for in-person and written testimony before legislative bodies
Draft comment filings for regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Copyright Office, Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission
Draft amicus briefs for appellate advocacy, including U.S. Supreme Court
Negotiate legislative language
Advise on public messaging and crisis management campaigns relating to artist rights
Valuation, Compliance and Litigation
Consult with valuation experts on risk exposure, music licensing and compliance burdens
Review business practices for licensing compliance
Work with corporate counsel on compliance solutions
Help corporate counsel and outside litigation counsel responding to demands or litigation relating to non-compliance with copyright laws and regulations
Negotiate settlements and prospective music licenses in response to demands or litigation
Music Modernization Act Compliance
Help corporate counsel analyze compliance requirements in existing and new copyright legislation such as the Music Modernization Act and related regulations
Artists, Songwriters and Producers
Artist startup packages (PRO affiliations, copyright registrations, split agreements)
Recording artist agreements, distribution licenses, merchandising agreements
Leaving member issues
Management and business management agreements
Producer agreements, SoundExchange collections, AMP Act issues
Work with auditors for royalty compliance examinations and settlements
Music Users, App Developers, Startups
Work with product design teams to craft music licensing solutions and obtain appropriate music licenses
Consult with in-house or outside accounting personnel to review royalty reporting compliance
Meet with C-suite executives, board members or venture capital investors to answer music licensing questions and compliance issues
Assist with training in-house personnel on royalty reporting and relationship management
Assist with compliance issues
Production Music Counsel
Music licensing and live recording for virtual reality productions
Film and television original recordings and licensed music
Errors & omissions insurance application review for music licensing compliance
This website is descriptive only and does not state or imply that we are certified as specialists in any particular field of law or that lawyers resident in Austin are certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Chris Castle, Founder (Admitted in Texas and California)
Chris founded the firm in Los Angeles in 2005 and moved the firm to Austin in 2011.
Chris is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, including for the American Bar Association and state bar associations of California, Minnesota, New York and Texas. He has testified on artist rights issues at the UK Parliament, briefed the National Association of Attorneys General about brand sponsored piracy, spoken at Congressional seminars and lectures at law schools and business schools in the US and Canada on music-tech issues and artist rights. Chris was the founding chair of the Austin-Toronto Music City Trade Alliance, a cooperative effort of the Austin and Toronto city councils to promote commercial music business trade between the U.S. and Canada. He serves on the Industry Advisory Council for the UCLA Center for Music Innovation at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Chris is the Legislative Chair of the Entertainment & Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. In 2005, Chris was elected as a fellow of the World Technology Network. He received the 2016 Texas Star Award from the State Bar of Texas.
Prior to founding the firm he was SVP and General Counsel to SNOCAP in San Francisco, of counsel to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto and Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles, SVP Business Affairs at Sony Music in New York, and VP Business Affairs at A&M Records in Hollywood. Chris is an MBA graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a JD graduate of the UCLA School of Law where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review and an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law where he taught The Music Business in the Digital Millennium. Before law school, Chris graduated with high honors from UCLA, majoring in political theory. He is admitted to the bar in California and Texas.
Chris Castle writes the MusicTech.Solutions blog.
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