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Sidman, Stephen S., Esq

The Sidman Law Firm, LLC

Formerly Artist & Repertoire Director at TVT Records, Mr. Sidman established The Sidman Law Firm where he advises and counsels multi-platinum-selling and Grammy Award- winning recording artists, songwriters, record producers and mixers, as well as successful personal managers, corporate executives, record companies and music publishers, regarding transactions and various legal and business issues within the entertainment industries. In his practice he negotiates complex agreements throughout the entertainment industry (focusing on the music business), including product endorsements and a full range of agreements such as high-level recording, music publishing, record distribution, record producer, record mixer, guest and “side” artist deals, multi-artist furnishing, motion picture soundtrack agreements, music supervisor, personal management and talent agency deals. His practice includes copyright transfers, assignments, licenses (including master-use licenses, “sampling” licenses, synchronization licenses, “mechanical” licenses and the like) and registrations.  Previously with Greenberg Traurig, Mr. Sidman also represents authors in the negotiation of book publishing agreements; advises and counsels celebrities and other public figures regarding various intellectual property issues and rights concerning the exploitation of their names and likenesses; advises industry-leading media, marketing and promotions companies regarding economic, business and legal issues related to the pursuit of new commercial opportunities and the establishment of new corporate ventures related to the entertainment, media and technology industries; and advises start-up technology companies regarding intellectual property licensing  and business development strategies both within and outside of the entertainment industries.  He is a member of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences; and Voting Member of the Country Music Association; a Member of the Board of Directors and Pro Bono Counsel for The Dallas Austin Foundation; a Member of the American Bar Association (Sports and Entertainment Law Forum); and a Member of the State Bar of Georgia (Entertainment and Sports Section). Mr. Sidman is included in the 2010 Best Lawyers in America, selected by Super Lawyers magazine (Rising Stars Edition, 2007 and 2009) and selected by Fulton County Daily Report as one of 12 Atlanta Attorneys On the Rise (August 2008).