Billboard’s 2022 Top Music Lawyers | Billboard
Executive VP/General Counsel, National Music Publishers’ Association
Any upstart technology company that uses music to help build a user base can expect a call from the NMPA if it’s not paying royalties along the way. Over the last 18 months, the NMPA negotiated settlements regarding past unlicensed royalties with the major players of a new generation of online entertainment services: social media apps TikTok and Triller; livestream service Twitch; and publicly traded gaming platform Roblox. “These deals have brought not only value to the music publishing industry,” says Aguirre, “but also helped develop new relationships and partnerships between publishers and some of these fast-growing digital platforms.”
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