Barry J. Heyman, Esq. is the founding and principal attorney of Heyman Law, a boutique law firm established in 2004 with practice areas focusing on business, entertainment, fashion, intellectual property, new media, and commercial leasing. He is licensed to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey.
Barry began his career in the entertainment industry in 1992 working in the copyright department at PolyGram Records, handling mechanical and sample licensing for its subsidiaries Def Jam and Mercury Records. During his seven year tenure, Barry became manager of the department, and in 1999, Barry assisted with the successful merger of PolyGram’s and Universal’s copyright departments.
While pursuing his legal education in the evening program at New York Law School, Barry began consulting entertainment companies such as Razorfish Studios, Red Ant Records, and Spitfire Records. Upon graduating law school, Barry became in-house counsel for Eagle Rock Entertainment (Eagle Vision, Spitfire Records, and Eagle Records). In 2003, Barry consulted MTV in the new media licensing area in connection with a $75 million dollar marketing partnership deal with Motorola.
In addition to his hands on entertainment company experience, Barry has also pursued opportunities with various law firms ranging from the boutique entertainment law practices (Schneider Pfahl & Rahme, LLP; Andy Tavel Law Firm; Law Offices of Terri F. Baker) to the large prestigious firms within their IP, media, and entertainment areas (Proskauer Rose LLP; Debevoise & Plimpton). At Debevoise & Plimpton, Barry co-produced the television program The Digital Age with pre-eminent First Amendment and media lawyer, James Goodale, Esq. The show airs on PBS’s WNYE-TV channel 25 in New York City, DirecTV channels 888 (NJ) and 25 (NY and CT), Dish-TV, and as a webcast on http://www.digitalage.org.
In the fall semester of 2005, Barry was an adjunct professor at New York University and taught the graduate course entitled Law and the Music Industry. Course topics included intellectual property concepts and licensing arrangements related to the music and new media industries.
Currently, Barry advises individuals and companies in connection with licensing, recording, distribution, publishing, and related contracts and counsels clients regarding protecting their intellectual property. He provides strategic and commercial advice on various aspects of the music and media industries, including current technological changes and alternative copyright distribution and exploitation models. In addition, Barry counsels clients regarding general corporate matters as well as provides legal services in the area of commercial leasing.
Corporate, Entertainment, New Media, Intellectual Property
New York Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2001
New York University, Bachelor of Music, cum laude, 1994
New York State Bar Association (Member, Intellectual Property; Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Sections) Women in Music (WIM)
Institute of Audio Research – Adjunct Instructor; “The Business of Music”, Spring 2012 – Present
The course focuses on the structure of the music business and the process by which an artistic creation is brought to market. It examines the roles of the record label, artist, writer, producer, manager and attorney. Topics also include royalties, recording and producing contracts, publishing and protecting music, the Internet, and other legal issues and business considerations.
Institute of Audio Research – Adjunct Instructor; “New Media Business”, Summer 2012 – Present
With a small investment in gear and a creative drive, movie post production is being reinvented by the modern day audio engineer. This course exposes students to the business side of audio/video with a focus on self-start business and freelance work. It covers developing a business plan, writing a pitch, and contemporary marketing strategies and resources.
New York University – Adjunct Professor; “Law and the Music Industry” graduate course, Fall 2005
Course topics include teaching intellectual property concepts related to the music and new media industries as well as topics covering music licensing, including mechanical, master, synchronization, download, ringtone, ringback tone, and website music performance agreements
ForTalent.com – speaker; discussing entertainment law and the importance of legal counsel to the creative community; Fall 2011
Imaging on the Verge – panelist; discussing the fair use doctrine of copyright law in the context of photography; Fall 2011
New York Law School – panelist; discussing the “remix” culture- where artists appropriate old forms of media into new forms; Spring 2011
CMJ – mentor; mentoring attendees regarding general music business; Fall 2010
New York Law School – panelist; discussing the art of making a band a money-making entity; Fall 2010
Spark organization – special guest; discussing intellectual property best practices to web/graphic designers; Fall 2010
Dubspot – guest speaker; discussing monetizing the music of electronic artists and producer; Spring 2010
New York Law School – panelist; discussing careers in music law and thoughts on the future of the practice; Fall 2009
Netmix Meetup 1.o – guest speaker; discussing copyright and licensing issues pertaining to downloads, digital distribution and streaming; Fall 2009
CMJ – mentor; mentoring attendees regarding general music business; Fall 2009
Dubspot – guest speaker; discussing legal issues in the recording studio, trademark, copyright, licensing, publishing (digital and physical) and live performance issues.
Baruch College – panelist; New York Music Industry Association; discussing the basics of the legal aspects of the music industry, current legal issues, and career opportunities in the music industry, Spring 2009
CMJ – panelist; participants of CMJ music conference; discussing music licensing reform, Fall 2008
New York University – panelist; Undergraduate Law Society; discussing various career opportunities in the legal profession, Spring 2008
New York University – panelist; Beta Alpha Psi; discussing alternate careers, Winter 2007
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law – panelist; Sports and Entertainment Law Students Association; discussing representing musicians in the digital age, Spring 2006
Boston University Law School – panelist; IP Society; discussing career options in the entertainment and IP area, Winter 2004
New York University – panelist; panelists of alumni of the Music Business Program of NYU; discussing current issues facing the music industry, Fall 2003
New York University – guest lecturer; “Law in the Music Industry” graduate course; lecturing on various IP and licensing issues pertaining to the mobile medium, Fall 2003
New York Law School – panelist; Copyright course; “The Future of Entertainment in the High Tech Era,” Spring 2003
Hofstra University School of Law – panelist; Entertainment Society; “Careers Opportunities in the Music Industry,” Spring 2003
“The National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley: The Supreme Court’s Artful Yet Indecent Proposal.” New York Law School Journal of Human Rights 16 (1999), 439-473.