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Christian Castle

Attorney, Managing Partner,
Christian L. Castle, Attorneys
Austin, Texas, USA
Chris Castle is Managing Partner of Christian L. Castle, Attorneys based in Austin, Texas. Founded in 2004, the firm represents a variety of clients in music, motion pictures and television, as well as technology companies and video game publishers. Chris also consults leading organizations on public policy matters relating to copyright and artist rights including Arts+Labs.

Before founding the firm, Chris was Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and General Counsel at SNOCAP, Inc., Senior Vice President, Business Affairs at Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. and Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at A&M Records, Inc. He was of counsel to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto and to Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles.

Chris is an MBA/JD graduate of the Anderson Graduate School of Management and the UCLA School of Law where he was twice elected an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and was a member of the UCLA Law Review. Chris graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude.

Chris is a frequent participant at professional events, including Canadian Music Week, SXSW and the Leadership Music Digital Summit. He has spoken at the UK Parliament, Congressional seminars at the U.S. House of Representatives, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, bar association conferences, and lectures at law schools, business schools and music schools in the U.S. and Canada.

Chris publishes frequently on entertainment law and copyright topics. Chris also writes the Music Technology Policy blog and podcast (www.musictechpolicy.com), and is a contributor to The Huffington Post and The Trichordist. Recent articles are: "A Bipartisan Offender: The Internet
Radio Fairness Act" (with David Lowery, The Hill Congress Blog); "What's Wrong With ISP Music Licensing?" (ABA Entertainment & Sports Lawyer).

Before law school he was the drummer for Long John Baldry, Rand Bishop, Diane Dufresne, Yvonne Elliman, Jackson Hawke and Jesse Winchester among others, and was a member of Local 47, American Federation of Musicians AFL-CIO.