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henryroot

Henry W. Root
Partner



  • Entertainment
  • Music
  • Television
  • Copyright

Southern California Editions
of "Super Lawyer"
(2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011)


  • Chair

    Music & Personal Appearance Division, American Bar Association Forum on the Sports & Entertainment Industries (2009 – Present).

  • Executive Committee

    National Academy of
    Recording Arts & Sciences Entertainment Law
    Initiative. (2009 –Present)

  • Co-Chair

    Annual Miami International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television and Sports of the American Bar Association
    (2011 – Present)

  • Executive Committee

    Annual North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Conference

  • American Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court - 9th Circuit
  • California State Courts

  • University of Denver
    Sturm College of Law
    (J.D. 1978)

  • Third year studies completed
    Loyola College of Law
    Los Angeles, California

  • President Entertainment Law Society

  • University of Denver
    Double Major, Political Science & Sociology
    (B.A. 1975)
    • Dean's List
    • 4.0 Honor Society
    • Outstanding Senior
    • Student Ombudsman
    • Student Senate

  • "End of the Road?: Copyright Terminations in the Music, Literary, Fine Arts, Motion Picture and Television Industries."

    Copyright Society of the USA, February, 2012.

    Panelist & Moderator

  • "Who Needs A Record Deal in 2012?"

    24th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Conference, November, 2011.

    Panelist

  • "Rights, Rights & Revenue: Performing Rights, Neighboring Rights, Ephemeral Rights and New Revenue Streams."

    American Bar Association Forum on the Sports & Entertainment Industries Annual Conference, October, 2011.

    Panelist

  • "Concerts, Festivals, Touring, and Personal Appearances Update"

    American Bar Association Forum on the Sports & Entertainment Industries, Webinar, June, 2011.

    Panelist

  • "The Future of the Music Industry: What's Next and What Every Entertainment Lawyer Should Know"

    First Annual Nashville Entertainment Law Symposium, American Bar Association Forum on the Sports & Entertainment Industries, June, 2011.

    Panelist

  • "Ethics and Substance Abuse in the Entertainment Industry: Detection, Prevention and Treatment of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse among Colleagues & Internationally Famous Celebrity Clients"

    Second Annual International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television and Sports - American Bar Association Forum on the Sports and Entertainment Industries, April, 2011.

    Moderator & Panelist

  • "Music Publishing Deals and the International Digital World of Music."

    2nd Annual Miami International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television and Sports of the American Bar Association Forum on the Sports and Entertainment Industries, April, 2011.

    Moderator

  • "Cross Platform Licensing: The New Media Music Deals."

    Legal issues in the Music, Film & Emerging Technology Industries - South by Southwest Interactive, Film & Music Conference, March, 2011.

    Moderator

  • "Entertainment Asset Preservation and Re-Acquisition"

    23rd Annual North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Conference, November, 2010.

    Panelist

  • "Music: Bands and Brands."

    American Bar Association Forum on the Sports & Entertainment Industries Annual Conference, October, 2010.

    Moderator

  • "Music Publishing Deals in a Digital World."

    First Annual International Legal Symposium on the World of Music, Film, Television and Sports - American Bar Association Forum on the Sports and Entertainment Industries, April, 2011.

    Moderator

  • "Death of Major Label Distribution: Birth of DIY."

    American Bar Association Forum on the Sports & Entertainment Industries, Webinar, April, 2010.

    Moderator

  • "Let's Make A Deal – The Current State of Publishing Deals."

    Association of Independent Music Publishers, July, 2010.

    Moderator

  • "Music Industry 2009: Trenching Out The Revenue Streams."

    21st Annual North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Conference, November, 2009.

  • "Transitions in the Music Industry."

    American Bar Association Forum on the Sports & Entertainment Industries Annual Conference, October, 2009.

    Moderator

  • "The Evolving World of Music Licensing in the Digital World."

    3rd Annual IP in Entertainment and the Media Program. California State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, May, 2009.

  • "Music Across Multi-Media Platforms."

    Legal issues in the Music, Film & Emerging Technology Industries - South by Southwest Interactive, Film & Music Conference, March, 2009.

    Panelist

  • "The Future of Sports & Entertainment Law: Challenges & Opportunities in Digital Technology."

    University of Denver- Sturm College of Law, March, 2009.

    Panelist

Mr. Root was the executive producer of the DVD and TV shows "Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire: Live At The Greek" (which earned platinum sales status from the RIAA), "Kenny Chesney: No Shirts, No Shoes, No Problem" (for which he received a Telly Award) and "Return To Sin City: All Star Tribute to Gram Parsons."

Legal Expertise

Entertainment, media and complex copyright law (including copyright terminations and digital millennium copyright act compliance for webcasters and retail business establishment services). Negotiation of complex content agreements with record companies (including so-called "360 degree" recording agreements), music publishing companies (including catalog acquisitions and sales), television networks, content providers, gaming and app development agreements for online, iOS, Android other platforms, sponsorship, merchandising, product placement and endorsement agreements for actors, celebrities and musical artists. Providing comprehensive strategic counseling including analysis of complex rights licensing issues associated with cutting-edge business models.


Biography

Henry W. Root is a partner in the Firm. He has over 30 years of legal and business affairs experience in the entertainment, music, television and media industries. He began his legal career at MCA Records after several years of working as a tour manager and lighting designer for top internationally renowned recording artists. Mr. Root has represented recording artists signed to every major label as well as award-winning songwriters and producers, independent music publishers, record labels, principal cast members of several reality TV series, celebrities and actors. Current clients include two major cable networks, webcasters, and an Internet platform background music service for retail business establishments. Root has also overseen business and legal affairs for the delivery of programming to every major television network as well as for distribution on the Internet.