Billboard Lists Pryor Cashman Attorneys In 2021 Top Music Lawyers List
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Partners Ilene Farkas, James G. Sammataro, Benjamin K.
Semel, Frank P. Scibilia, and Donald Zakarin have been
recognized by Billboard Magazine in their 2021
Top Music Lawyers list. According
Pryor Cashman, as an adviser to the National Music
Publishers’ Association, helped set up and now represents the
Mechanical Licensing Collective, created under the Music
Modernization Act to collect digital mechanical royalties in the
United States. The firm is engaged in the latest legal rounds
before the Copyright Royalty Board to establish rates that Spotify,
Amazon, Google and Pandora pay publishers and, through them,
songwriters. “Securing fair compensation [for creators] as the
marketplace continues to move to an access model from the
long-existing ownership model” is crucial, says Zakarin, 70.
For litigation, Pryor Cashman represents Luis Fonsi, Ariana Grande,
Ed Sheeran, the estate of Chris Cornell and the three major record
companies and their publishing divisions.
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