Primary Wave Acquires Gasoline Alley’s Publishing and Master Royalty Stream, including Hits by Sublime

Primary Wave has acquired the music publishing and master royalty streams of Gasoline Alley, Inc. The deal encompasses Gasoline Alley's joint venture with Universal Music Publishing Group, which includes works from Gasoline Alley signees such as ska punk band Sublime. Sublime rose to fame in the mid-1990’s with hits "Santeria," "Badfish," "Wrong Way" and "Doin' Time." The agreement also includes Shai's 1992 R&B single "If I Ever Fall In Love."

Primary Wave Acquires a Majority Stake in Donny Hathaway’s Estate

In a new partnership with Donny Hathaway's Estate, Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired a majority ownership interest in the soul legend's music publishing catalog and artist master royalty stream. Donny Hathaway was recently honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and is known for his iconic hits including "The Ghetto," "Someday We’ll All Be Free," "Love, Love, Love”, and the holiday classic, “This Christmas.”

Senior Motion Picture Attorney and Rising Litigator Join Alter Kendrick & Baron

November 13, 2019, New York, NY – Copyright and music boutique Alter Kendrick & Baron has added senior intellectual property attorney Dean Marks and litigator Jennine Nwoko to serve its growing roster of entertainment industry clients.

Marks, a respected expert on copyright and digital rights, previously served as Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief, Global Content Protection for the Motion Picture Association of America ("MPAA"). At MPAA, Marks headed a global team to safeguard film and television content from piracy on behalf of the major Hollywood studios. Prior to that, Marks held senior in-house roles at Warner Bros. and Time Warner.

Nwoko’s practice focuses on copyright law, with an emphasis on music. She handles both litigation and transactional matters for music clients. Prior to joining AKB, Nwoko helped litigate cases on behalf of several Fortune 500 companies at a national law firm. She has also worked at an artist development company and represented artists in deals with major record labels.

“We are thrilled to have Dean and Jennine join our firm,” says Lisa Alter. AKB partner Jacqueline Charlesworth adds: “What a privilege it is to be working with Dean, with his tremendous expertise in intellectual property issues, and Jennine, whose music and litigation capabilities will be invaluable to our team.”

Alter Kendrick & Baron is at the forefront of music copyright law, handling both litigation matters and complex transactions involving significant music assets. The firm also advises on matters involving film, software and other types of intellectual property.

Primary Wave Acquires Rights to Bob Ezrin Portfolio

In a new deal, Primary Wave Music Publishing will acquire the music publishing and other rights of legendary producer, arranger and songwriter Bob Ezrin. Ezrin has worked with a multitude of classic artists including Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Andrea Bocelli, and more; and has produced several number one albums, including Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Andrea Boccelli’s Sí.

Lisa Alter Quoted in Washington Post on Lizzo Plagiarism Accusations

Lisa Alter was recently quoted in Bethonie Butler’s Washington Post article “Who wrote Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’? Breaking down the complicated songwriter drama.” The article discusses recent plagiarism claims that accuse Lizzo of borrowing the hit song’s “DNA test" lyric from a viral tweet. According to Lisa, copyright protection may extend to tweets “to the extent that what’s being tweeted constitute original work of authorship”.

Jacqueline Charlesworth Quoted in Bloomberg News on ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Infringement Lawsuit

Jacqueline Charlesworth was recently quoted in Edvard Pettersson’s Bloomberg News article “‘Stairway to Heaven’ Judges Asked to Give Songwriters a Break.” The article details the growing epidemic of lawsuits claiming infringement of well-known songs. Jacqueline explained that there are “a lot of unsettled issues” in music copyright law, citing the “Stairway to Heaven” case as a prime example. “The Ninth Circuit recognized the significance of the ruling and the impact it had on the music industry,” says Jacqueline. “The industry doesn’t want artists and songwriters to live in fear of infringement lawsuits.”