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Bill Hochberg specializes in music and media law with a commitment to excellent results for clients at a reasonable cost. As a recognized thought leader, Bill Hochberg writes regularly in Forbes and other pre-eminent publications, and he speaks at worldwide music and media conferences such as South-by-Southwest. From recording and publishing deals to film and TV projects to copyright disputes and catalog valuations, Mr. Hochberg handles many and varied music and media matters with an approach that is both pragmatic and innovative. Media and music — old and new, near and far, and the businesses and technologies that have popped up around them — is Bill’s jam. He lives with his wife, an elementary bilingual educator, in Los Angeles. And for fun, Bill plays Jazz hop and ‘60s and ‘70s TV themes.  

Bill sits on the President’s Council of the New England Conservatory and the Board of Directors of New Music USA.

Significant Engagements

  • Represents Curtis Mayfield estate regarding recording, publishing, copyright, trademark, international music law matters, and documentary.
  • Counsel to a major global social networking service, negotiating a wide variety of talent, marketing, and content transactions, brand partnerships, media deals and diverse other matters.
  • Represents world-renowned legacy artists regarding a wide range of music and media matters.
  • Represented the Bob Marley estate and music entities in multiple licensing deals, rights concerns, and regarding international music law issues.
  • Legal counsel to innovative and acclaimed rapper Hopsin.
  • Handles litigation and transactional matters for prolific K-Pop writer and producer Hyuk Shin.
  • Looked after Guns N’ Roses member Dizzy Reed and negotiated book deal for former Guns N’ Roses member Steven Adler — a New York Times best seller.
  • Handled matters for world-renowned film composer Lalo Schifrin (Mission:Impossible), including an international distribution deal for re- records of his original film and TV theme masterpieces.
  • Handled Henry Mancini estate’s music and media matters, including complex music publishing matters.
  • Represented Fifth Harmony pop group in various litigation-related matters.
  • Negotiated music licenses for award-winning director Gurinder Chadha to enable inclusion of Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics and music in the film “Blinded By The Light.”
  • Attorney for Jeffrey Steele, multiple BMI Songwriter of the Year and one of Nashville’s top songwriters.
  • Defended singer Eddie Money in wrongful termination suit by former drummer, where appeals court found that a band leader has a First Amendment right to hire and fire band members.
  • Represented Brazilian music publisher Fermata do Brasil in matters involving lyric translations and disputes regarding famous Bossa Nova works.
  • Handled legal matters for Grammy-winning producers and songwriters the Stereotypes including dispute with former manager and business partner.
  • Protected co-writer of ‘50s “doo-wop” hit “Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” in federal copyright and contract authorship challenge, obtaining summary judgment victory.


Song Stock Exchanges Could Be The Next Big Music Biz Buzz” Forbes, June 27, 2023
Gibson’s Strumming The Blues In Litigation Over Iconic Guitar Shapes” Forbes, September 20, 2022
Beatles For Sale – What Would Their Song Catalog Fetch Today?” Forbes, December 30, 2021
Chill Hop, Jazz Hop, LoFi, Whatever You Call It, It’s Catching On With Gen-Z” Forbes, September 8, 2020
When Robots Write Songs” The Atlantic, August 7, 2014
Just How Much of Musical History Has Been Lost to History” The Atlantic, September 26, 2013
Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and the Rock n’ Roll Money Machine” Wired, August 2008
Copy Instruments, Not Music” Wired, July 2006
Hip-Hop and the Liberation of Women in Kabul” Pacific Standard, September 7, 2016