Warner Music GroupNashville, TN
Full Time Job
• The U.S. Shared Services organization is based in WMG's Center of Excellence for Shared Services in Nashville, Tennessee (the ''Center''). The Center consists of five departments: Analysis, Finance, Legal, Licensing, and Reporting. Employees of the Center provide services to all of WMG's U.S. record labels, Warner-Chappell Music Publishing, WEA Corp. and Alternative Distribution Alliance (WMG's distribution companies), and WMG's other U.S. business units.
• The Legal Department is responsible for enforcing WMG's rights in the recorded music repertoire controlled by its U.S. record labels, managing litigations involving WMG's recorded music catalog rights in conjunction with WMG's corporate litigation in-house counsel, fielding inquiries from third parties, researching WMG's recorded music catalog rights, filing applications to register copyrights in and to WMG's recorded music repertoire, and managing WMG's relationships with the labor unions with which WMG's U.S. record labels have collective bargaining agreements.
• Members of the Legal Department work closely with employees in the Business Affairs, Finance, Production, Operations, New Media, and Marketing departments of each label client to fulfill the above-referenced responsibilities for the recordings and record those labels release.
High Level Job Description:
• The candidate hired to fill this position will be responsible for registering sound recording copyrights, performing research with respect to such sound recording copyrights and from time to time assisting the legal research team with other general research tasks.
Detailed Job Description/ Responsibilities:
• Review the release schedules for the various WMG labels, draft and file copyright registrations for all new sound recordings, and maintain detailed and accurate records regarding the same;
• Field, research, and track incoming inquiries from the corporate litigation team and the business affairs teams at the WMG labels pertaining to sound recording copyright registrations;
• Maintain a growing library of physical product and copyright related records and documents;
• Implement new strategies for archiving digital copies of copyright related records and documents;
• Assist the legal research team with reviewing, analyzing and interpreting various provisions in the recording agreements that govern WMG's existing catalog recordings;
• Prepare contract summaries of recording agreements that govern WMG's existing catalog recordings; and
• Perform such other duties as reasonably may be required.
• Candidates for this position must be able to work well independently and as part of a team;
• Candidate must possess excellent analytical and organizational skills
• Candidates must have strong computer skills, including strong data entry skills (with an emphasis on accuracy) and strong proficiency using Microsoft Office's Excel and Word applications; familiarity with Microsoft Office's Sharepoint is preferred, but not required.
• Candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Candidate must be able to meet deadlines consistently and effectively while working under pressure;
Preferably, candidates will possess a minimum of 1 to 3 years' experience working in a position or positions involving the review, analysis and interpretation of recording agreements and other music industry agreements, but such prior experience is not required. Prior experience filing electronic applications for copyright registration via the U.S. Copyright Office's Electronic Copyright Office platform is also preferred but not required.
• Bachelor's degree required.
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