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From negotiating record deals to advising on licensing and enforcement in the digital age, CDAS lawyers know the issues that concern the evolving business of music.

For decades, CDAS lawyers have advised on and structured traditional music deals for noted musicians and songwriters. Our lawyers have built on that foundation and today, in addition to traditional types of arrangements, advise music clients on a host of digital media related and other issues currently facing those in the music industry, including termination rights, 360 deals, licensing on the Internet and other forms of emerging media, and enforcing copyrights in the digital age.

CDAS lawyers have been outside counsel to songwriters and recording artists, performers and producers, music publishers, record companies, performing rights organizations and music trade associations. Attorneys have worked at major music labels and counsel the Songwriters Hall of Fame. We have represented parties in sales or purchases of catalogues of master recordings and musical compositions. In addition, we conduct large-scale music licensing programs on behalf of clients seeking to use music in electronic media and otherwise and advise music users on complicated music licensing matters, helping them secure the rights for particular uses, and advising on fair use and other exceptions.

As part of their work in the music field, CDAS lawyers have successfully brought and defended against claims of copyright infringement in music. Our team also advises on copyright protection, anti-piracy and overall litigation and enforcement strategies.

Our lawyers are frequent speakers at programs on matters relating to cutting-edge legal issues in the music field. CDAS lawyers have represented amicus parties in high-profile cases such as U.S. v. ASCAP (In re Yahoo! and RealNetworks); Capitol Records, Inc. v. Thomas; Capitol Records, Inc. v. Naxos of America, Inc.; and Viacom v. Youtube. Our lawyers are also experienced in music-related rate making and regulatory proceedings before the rate courts and the Copyright Royalty Board.