Legal advice to businesses creating and exploiting music through all media.
The music industry has undergone a period of intense change - and is no longer recognisable from the vastly profitable industry sector of 20 years ago. That change has prompted a number of reactions - record companies diversifying into other business areas and maximising new revenue streams; looking to cut costs, by outsourcing and joint venturing non-core aspects of their businesses. This has also led to closer co-operation between record companies and artists across a range of projects - not just creating and marketing records; and consolidation - at the heart of each of these, you will find Olswang.
Olswang is rare among major law firms in having a deep understanding of the music industry. Add to this its involvement in all other aspects of media which the music industry touches and we are able to offer a unique breadth of experience.
Our commercial lawyers have been at the cutting edge of digital music exploitation since the first music-led websites were launched in the late 1990s; they handle negotiations between digital music businesses, rights owners and collecting societies as well as working with our e-commerce team on consumer and data issues.
Our corporate and tax teams work on acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures and also work closely with the commercial team to handle the rights licensing and assignment that inevitably forms a major part of many of these deals, as well as undertaking due diligence reviews.
Our litigation team also understands the music industry and deploys this understanding in a range of disputes from skirmishes between record labels and artists through to "bet-the-industry" Copyright Tribunal litigation.