Musictech.solutions is written by Chris Castle, founder of Christian L. Castle, Attorneys in Austin, Texas. He founded the firm in Los Angeles in 2005 and moved the firm to Austin in 2011. Chris divides his time between advising creators in the music industry, representing innovative music tech startups and addressing public policy.
He has negotiated a number of industry-wide settlements that helped music users avoid litigation and get licensed. Chris has testified on artist rights issues at the UK Parliament, spoken at Congressional seminars and lectures at law schools and business schools in the US and Canada on music-tech issues and artist rights. He was the founding chair of the Austin-Toronto Music City Trade Alliance, a cooperative effort of the Austin and Toronto city councils to promote commercial music exchanges between the U.S. and Canada.
Prior to founding the firm he was SVP and General Counsel to SNOCAP in San Francisco, SVP Business Affairs at Sony Music in New York, and VP Business Affairs at A&M Records in Hollywood. Chris is an MBA graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a JD graduate of the UCLA School of Law where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review and an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. He is admitted to the bar in California and Texas. Chris also writes a blog for the Huffington Post, contributes to The Trichordist and edits the MusicTechPolicy blog.
Chris has a long history with the business of soundtrack albums. While at A&M he oversaw Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Lethal Weapon 3, Sabrina, Empire Records, Demolition Man, Wayne’s World 2, The Three Musketeers, Empire Records and many others. Chris executive produced the soundtrack for the documentary Moog on Hollywood Records and the soundtrack for Advent Rising on Nile Rogers’ Sumthing Else Musicworks, produced by Tommy Tallarico and composed by Michael Richard Plowman.
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