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Covington gets music. Our interdisciplinary team of litigators, transactional and regulatory lawyers, and business advisors has deep industry experience, and includes former musicians, songwriters, audio engineers, A&R consultants, and label employees.

Our lawyers have advised and represented clients spanning the music ecosystem in some of the most significant lawsuits, transactions, and advisory matters of the digital era. This diverse client group includes all of the major record labels and music publishers, trade organizations like the RIAA and NMPA, leading performing rights organizations like BMI and GMR, market-driving services like Pandora and XM Satellite Radio, and countless high-profile music licensees and services across virtually every industry.

Covington’s experience and expertise spans the full range of issues confronting the global music industry, including established and emerging rights owners, licensees, and music-oriented businesses. The firm’s prowess across music litigation, transactions, and counseling has repeatedly been recognized in industry publications like Billboard, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter.

Litigation. Our lawyers have litigated complex cases including class-action royalty disputes, mass infringement lawsuits, mechanical licensing actions, and Copyright Royalty Board proceedings. 

Transactions. Covington’s transactional lawyers have regularly advised on deals involving digital media distribution, music business acquisitions, royalty securitization, talent engagements, partnerships and sponsorships, digital marketing and technology, data, and security services. 

Advisory / Enforcement. Our counselors advise clients across the globe on music issues, including rights, clearance, licensing, fair use, virtual events, online media integration, new product review, cyber security, data privacy, and legislative and regulatory developments like the DMCA, GDPR, and EU Copyright Directive and digital single market proposals. Covington's Internet Investigations and Enforcement team also design and execute customized anti-piracy and brand protection programs for our clients.