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Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 1990) (J.D., 1990)
  • Brandeis University (B.A., 1982)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal District Court for the Central District of California
William (Bill) Hochberg

William (Bill) Hochberg

Partner

(310) 246-3209
whochberg@rmslaw.com

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Bill Hochberg specializes in music and media law with a focus on achieving excellent outcomes at a reasonable cost. As a recognized thought leader, Bill writes regularly in Forbes and other pre-eminent publications, and he speaks at top worldwide music and media conferences such as South-by-Southwest and Midem. From recording and publishing deals to copyright disputes to catalog valuations to music licensing, Bill handles a multitude of music and media matters with an approach that is both pragmatic and outside-the-box. Music old and new, near and far, and the businesses and technologies that have popped up around it, is Bill’s jam. And he plays guitar in a group specializing in 60s and 70s TV themes called the Twilight Tones.

 

Representative Matters

  • Represent Curtis Mayfield estate and music entities regarding recording, publishing, copyright, trademark, and international music law matters.
  • Represent the estate of Henry Mancini and related entities in music and media matters.
  • Handled Bob Marley estate and music entities in multiple licensing deals, rights concerns, and regarding international music law issues.
  • Represented Fifth Harmony pop group in various litigation-related matters. 
  • Look after music and media matters for Guns N’ Roses longtime member Dizzy Reed, and handled book deal for former GNR member Steven Adler, which became a New York Times best seller.
  • Advised Britney Spears and her team on defamation issues. 
  • Cleared Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics and music for use in the film “Blinded By The Light” for award-winning director Gurinder Chadha.
  • Oversee music matters for Jeffrey Steele, multiple BMI Songwriter of the Year and one of the nation’s top songwriters, and established his successful music publishing and production house on Nashville’s Music Row.
  • Defended singer Eddie Money in wrongful termination suit by former drummer, where appeals court found that a band leader has a First Amendment right to hire and fire band members.
  • Represented Brazilian music publisher Fermata do Brasil in matters involving lyric translations and disputes regarding usages of well-known Bossa Nova and other Latin musical works.
  • Conducted litigation for Grammy-winning producers and songwriters the Stereotypes in dispute with former manager and business partner, with resulting positive settlement.
  • Handled songwriter dispute for co-writer of the 50’s “doo-wop” hit song “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” in federal copyright and contract dispute, obtaining summary judgment confirming client Gaynel Hodge’s co-authorship of the lucrative composition, preventing heirs of one of the other co-writers from denying Hodge his rightful songwriter credit and share of income.
  • Defended composer and ad agency in copyright infringement claim by a music publisher claiming it exclusively owned a common “boogie riff” used by the rock band ZZ Top in their hit song “La Grange”. As a result, the clients -- a composer, advertising agency and GMAC -- were free to continue using the “boogie riff” in a successful nationwide ad campaign.
  • Represented Tom Werman, producer of three smash hit Motley Crüe albums, obtaining pre-judgment writ of attachment against the group in lawsuit for full payment of royalties and revenues.
  • Handled matters for world-renowned film composer Lalo Schifrin (Mission:Impossible), including an international distribution deal for re-records of his original film and TV theme masterpieces.

 

Featured Articles Bill Has Authored

 

Articles in Forbes and Other Publications

 

Media Quotes, Interviews and Insights

  • February 14, 2019 – 9th Circuit quietly buries music law’s inverse ratio rule - Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • August 4, 2017 – Post Burt Bacharach Interview on Change in Music Plagiarism Law - BBC 5 Live
  • March 22, 2016 – Tips for lawyers looking to land in Havana - Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • March 22, 2016 – Consejos para los abogados que estan pensando en trabajar en La Habana - Los Angeles Daily Journal


 

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