We practice in transactions at the nexus of the traditional music industry, content based technology and public policy.
We represent creators and technology companies on transactional matters. We also advise clients on artist rights and other matters of public policy.
We do not litigate.
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 also writes the MusicTech.Solutions blog.
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 divides his time between advising creators in the music industry, representing both innovative music tech startups and mature technology companies, and addressing public policy.
As artists take more control over their long-term careers, Chris helps artists and their managers navigate the needs of "free agents" including opening new territories that had been overlooked. An artist's career is a long arc extending before, during and after a major label signing. Chris wrote the seminal guide "Why Free Agency Matters: The Coming Changes in Artist Relations" in 1999. To further the free agency goals of clients, Chris operated a bespoke digital distribution company for artist clients for many years with direct distribution through iTunes Music Store.
Chris is an innovator in representing music-tech start ups integrating high value music into their virtual reality productions, interactive services, or products. Clients frequently turn to Chris to negotiate industry-wide settlements that help music users avoid litigation and get licensed.
He has long worked with leading live music television producers and trend setting radio broadcasters in the U.S.
Chris 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 (most recently the symposium on moral rights hosted by the U.S. Copyright Office and George Mason University's Scalia School of Law) and lectures at law schools and business schools in the US and Canada on music-tech issues and artist rights. He 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. 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.
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