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 part of the firm's "licensed music everywhere" approach, Chris has long been at the innovative end of helping mobility companies integrate high value music into their products starting with his early representation of surround sound hardware manufacturers and applications developers. He was one of the earliest adopters of licensed music in video games, now a key aspect of every mass market video game. Clients frequently turn to Chris to negotiate industry-wide settlements that help music users avoid litigation and get licensed.
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 lectured 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. 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, 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. 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 also writes and edits the MusicTechPolicy and MusicTech.Solutions blogs.
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