Celeste Moy, Esq. is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Akerman LLP. She primarily represents songwriters, recording artists, performers, and producers, and their successors-in-interest, involved in disputes over royalty payments and seeking royalty monetization transactions. Many of her clients are former Motown songwriters, which has included the award winning catalog of songs written or co-written by her sister Sylvia Moy (now deceased) who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. Celeste also represents her clients in connection with copyright assignment terminations and recaptures, royalty monetization negotiations, as well as negotiating and drafting various types of entertainment law agreements. In addition, she scrutinizes work-for-hire, music sampling, and mechanical licensing agreements to increase royalty revenues for her clients.
Another key area of Celeste’s practice is representing clients in trademark registrations, licensing and infringement disputes. Among the trademarks she represents and protects is the famous “HITSVILLE™” mark owned by the Motown Historical Museum.
Moy’s extensive understanding of copyrights, trademarks, and entertainment law was acquired, in part, from prior career experiences with major law firms and c-level positions with publicly traded entertainment and technology companies, such as Black Entertainment Television, XM Satellite Radio, and Sprint Nextel.
Matthew Finkelstein, Esq. is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Akerman LLP. He is counsel to companies and individuals on copyright and transactional matters in the music, entertainment, technology, art, television, film, media, and publishing industries.
A core component of Matthew’s practice is representing buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of recorded music and music publishing catalogs and related royalty streams. The total value of the transactions he has handled in this area is in excess of One-half Billion United States dollars and growing. His work on these transactions includes drafting and negotiating the transaction agreements and conducting legal due diligence examinations.
Matthew advises creators of copyrighted works and their successors-in-interest, including with respect to navigating the provisions of the Copyright Law of the United States and related Federal Regulations pursuant to which United States copyrights may be recaptured. In that regard, he assists creators of works (including songwriters and recording artists) and their successors-in-interest with terminating grants of copyrights, recapturing those copyrights and monetizing the recaptured copyrights.
Another key area of Matthew’s practice is representing clients in technology licensing and procurement transactions. His work in this area includes drafting and negotiating cloud services agreements.
Representative clients include recording artists, songwriters, estates of recording artists and songwriters, record producers, television and film production companies, music publishing companies, food manufacturers, fashion and apparel retailers, and research and higher education institutions.
Matthew has an extensive understanding of the entertainment and technology industries, which he gained, in part, from prior career experiences at record companies, in live concert production, and at technology companies involved in the secure distribution of digital music and other types of media.