Levinsohn Associates, P.C. is a transactional entertainment and copyright law firm based in New York City. The firm was established in 2010 by Mark A.
Levinsohn, a top entertainment attorney with more than 30 years of experience. Mr. Levinsohn is
well-known for his ingenuity, pragmatic advice, attention to detail and
creative solutions. In 2015 and 2016, Mark was selected as one of music's Top Attorneys by Billboard magazine.
A primary focus of our practice involves deals related to music publishing and recording rights and copyrights.
- We draft, review and negotiate agreements, licenses and various other instruments involving all types of music transactions in the entertainment industry.
- We conduct due diligence reviews of music catalogs and assets related to potential acquisitions of music publishing and/or master catalogs.
- We perform copyright termination analyses for publishers as well as authors and/or their heirs.
- We research, analyze and resolve contractual and royalty issues.
We work closely with our clients in all stages of transactional practice, from pre-deal planning and strategy, to research and negotiation, to drafting, execution and closing.
We advise clients regarding litigation strategy and the selection of litigation counsel. On certain cases, we work in collaboration with our clients' litigators regarding litigation matters, often involving complex or unsettled issues or sui generis cases. For example:
- The firm represented F.B.T. Productions in the Eminem digital downloads case, which resulted in a landmark ruling against Aftermath/Interscope Records and Universal Music in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. F.B.T. Productions, LLC, et al. v. Aftermath Records, et al., 621 F.3d 958 (9th Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 131 S. Ct. 1677 (2011).
- We represented producer Shep Pettibone in connection with his successful defense of the sampling claim filed against him and Madonna in 2013 regarding the worldwide hit "Vogue".
- Most recently, as the transactional entertainment attorney for the heirs of Marvin Gaye, we represented the Gaye heirs in connection with the much-discussed Blurred Lines case which resulted in a $5.3 million dollar jury finding of copyright infringement in favor of our clients against plaintiffs Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams.
provide consulting services to other law firms and lawyers requiring our
expertise, counsel and support on various entertainment, music and
copyright issues and matters.
represent clients of diverse nature and backgrounds from the United States and
throughout the world. Our clients vary
from corporate entities to independent music publishers to individual
songwriters, producers and artists or their estates and heirs. Our
practical, business-focused approach makes us effective strategic counselors
and deal managers. Our clients often look to
us for advice regarding not only specific music and entertainment industry transactions, but also litigation matters as well as general aspects of their business operations, including, for
example, employment matters and other general commercial matters.