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ATTORNEY RICHARD S. BUSCH HONORED AMONG THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 6th ANNUAL POWER LAWYERS LIST FEATURING AMERCIA’S TOP 100 INFLUENTIAL ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEYS
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NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 20, 2012 — The Hollywood Reporter published its 6th annual Power Lawyers issue featuring America’s 100 most influential entertainment attorneys this week and noted copyright and royalties attorney Richard S. Busch, a partner in the law firm of King & Ballow, is among those honored on the list. Busch adds this recognition to a list of recent accolades including being named to the 2012 Billboard Power 100, a list of the most influential people in the music business. He was among those feted earlier this week at a breakfast held by the magazine at the famed Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel.
"I am honored and grateful to be included in this distinguished list. For any professional, it's gratifying to be recognized for your work," Busch says. "This is especially meaningful to me as it draws attention to the advocacy work I take great pride in as I fight to get artists the royalties they are due.”
Busch has been gaining attention since his 2010 high-profile win for plaintiff F.B.T. Productions who discovered, produced and co-wrote winning hits for Eminem. In this landmark case, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of F.B.T, finding that the agreements between record label Universal and digital download providers such as iTunes are, in fact, licenses. As a result, the court ruled that Eminem’s recording agreement entitled F.B.T./Eminem to 50 percent of Universal Music's net receipts for sales by download providers. Prior to the ruling, the label had been paying Eminem/F.B.T. for these sales at the agreement’s much lower royalty rate for regular record sales (the full decision may be found at 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 18450 (9th Cir. Sept. 3, 2010). The case dramatically changed the way artists collect royalties within contracts negotiated before services such as iTunes existed, and since then a number of well-known artists have teamed with Busch to file suits and prevail over the labels.
“Richard partnered with us from the very beginning and poured his heart and soul into our case,” said Manager of F.B.T. Productions Joel Martin. “I don’t know what more you could want from a lawyer representing you. The Hollywood Reporter recognition is well deserved, and I could not be happier for him.”
"The ramifications of these decisions will affect the entertainment industry for years to come," Busch explains. "As artists read about these cases and realize they have the ability to fight, more and more cases will be filed. We are regularly contacted by artists who feel they have been underpaid for this and various other issues, and we are evaluating those claims closely.”
Busch has also gained attention from entertainment heavyweights as a result of winning several copyright infringement actions brought by Bridgeport Music, Inc., and Westbound Records, Inc., against several record labels. Their case against Bad Boy Records resulted in a seven-figure award for compensatory and punitive damages for the client, while a 2009 victory was hailed by Billboard Magazine and The New York Times as “one of the five most important cases of the year” and “a case that will shape the future of the music business.”
Busch’s practice areas include state and federal litigation, entertainment litigation, intellectual property law and commercial litigation. He has repeatedly been spotlighted as one of the best 150 lawyers in Tennessee by Business Tennessee magazine and was recently selected for inclusion in the highly touted "Best Lawyers in America" list for 2012. Named to the Nashville Post’s “Nashville’s 101 Top Lawyers” in 2011 and featured attorney in LawDragon’s “Lawyer Limelight” in January 2011, he is also a contributing writer for Forbes.com.
About King & Ballow
King & Ballow www.kingballow.com maintains offices in Nashville, Tenn., and San Diego, Calif. The firm’s nationwide practice serves a broad range of clients in all 50 states. Nationally known for its litigation, entertainment and employment law practices, King & Ballow regularly represents clients in the areas of immigration, intellectual property, construction law, corporate law, taxation, pension and employee benefits, First Amendment law, transportation law, antitrust law, healthcare, family law and communications law.
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