James Sammataro, co-head of Pryor Cashman's Media + Entertainment practice, was interviewed by The Guardian on the effects that the ongoing Taylor Swift/Scooter Braun debate could have on the industry at large.
As The Guardian notes, "It was the kind of argument usually resolved behind closed doors by sober-suited lawyers boringly parsing contract and copyright law. Instead, #IStandWithTaylor became a trending topic on Twitter worldwide and Swift once again proved corporate America is no match for her talents. She may also, and not for the first time, have reshaped the music world – challenging who owns what in an industry still reeling from its transition to digital."
"'This is stuff that never leaks out to the public,' said James Sammataro, a partner at law firm Pryor Cashman and one of the US's top music lawyers. Contentious negotiations are nothing new in the music industry, he said. 'But this is like negotiation in the Instagram age. Taylor is directing it. She is forcing this chess game to be played in public.'"
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