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Marc Daniel Ostrow

Entertainment Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1990
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Marc

Learn Marc’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Copyright infringement
    I handle copyright infringement and other IP disputes, including assessing a case, negotiating settlements and with my colleagues, litigation, arbitration and mediation.

    30 years

  2. Entertainment
    My primary area of entertainment practice is in the music business, including creating and negotiating agreements for artists, songwriters, producers, labels and publishers. I do represent other creative and performing artists as well.

    28 years

  3. Intellectual property
    My intellectual property practice primarily consists of copyright law matters, although I do handle some trademark, right of publicity, trade secrets and other IP issues other than patent law.

    30 years

  4. Lawsuits and disputes
    Although my practice focuses on copyright and other IP issues, I handle various business and employment disputes, through litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation.

    33 years

  5. Licensing
    My licensing expertise is primarily related to the music business, including synch licenses, but I do handle licenses for other forms of IP.

    28 years

Since graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, I've been a senior executive, attorney and professor in the music business. With both extensive business experience and first-hand knowledge of what it means to be an artist, I understand the needs of both creators and companies as well as entities that manage or license intellectual property. 

I work with talented colleagues who enable me to help individuals and businesses form, grow, raise money, create and license IP and resolve disputes.

I take pride in working efficiently, effectively and creatively. I'll analyze and explain the practicalities as well as the legalities of any situation. And, if you read any of my frequent blog posts, you'll see that I do so in plain English.

Photos and videos

I speak with CourtTV's Michael Ayala about the lawsuit against Paramount over its latest hit "Top Gun: Maverick" involving the arcane "termination" provisions under the Copyright Act.
Here is a brief section from my Introduction to Music Law Presentation, available for CLE credit on Lawline.
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Marc Ostrow is truly an exceptional attorney. An outstanding listener and thoughtful problem-solver, he finds a way to achieve the best results for his clients. His knowledge of the law and expertise in a variety of areas are extraordinary. Marc has handled several matters for me, from copyright agreements to employment. His negotiation skills are exemplary and he has consistently delivered excellent results. I could not recommend him more.
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Posted by Christopher | January 6, 2014
Excellent Music Attorney, Excellent Negotiator
Marc is my lawyer, and he's negotiated some sensitive contracts for me, like major-label publishing deals and unauthorized sampling/copyright infringement cases. He's very courteous and knowledgable, and is a beast of a negotiator. He's also very good at educating his clients on everything from the basics of copyright law to the nitty-gritty of advanced royalty terms. Highly recommended.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Counsel
  • Romano Law PLLC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Cardozo Law School
  • 2017 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University
  • 2010 - 2016
  • General Manager
  • Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Vice President, Business Affairs
  • Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Senior Attorney
  • Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
  • 1998 - 2004
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  • University of Chicago Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986


  • Association of Independent Music Publishers
  • 2000 - Present
  • Copyright Society of the USA
  • Trustee
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022

Speaking Engagements

  • Cal. State Fresno Composers Forum
  • Copyright and the Music Business
  • 2022
  • Introduction to Music Law
  • Introduction to Music Law
  • 2020
  • Introduction to Stage Music
  • Music Law and Business for Contemporary Opera and Musical Theater Composers
  • 2020
  • Music Law Basics
  • Music Law Basics
  • 2019
  • Cardozo Law School Entertainment Law Society
  • Music Modernization Act Panel
  • 2019
  • Copyright Act Sec. 512 Study
  • Copyright Act Sec. 512 Study Panel
  • 2016
  • Curtis Institute Composers Forum
  • Copyright & Music Publishing for Composers
  • 2014
  • Pace Law School / Hudson Valley Bank CLE
  • Music Law
  • 2010
  • Association of Independent Music Publishers
  • Internet Marketing and Analytics Panel
  • 2010
  • AIPLA Mid Winter Conference
  • Intellectual Property - Panelist
  • 2004
  • NYIPLA Conference
  • Featured Speaker
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Entertainment Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Marc and I have worked together at two firms, and I'm very pleased to continue to have him as a colleague. His experience of the music business and music copyright is unparalleled, and his advice invaluable. Marc is an exceedingly valuable resource, as well as a delightful human being."
Entertainment Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Marc is a passionate and highly knowledgable attorney. His understanding of entertainment, intellectual property, and music law is truly impressive. Speaking as both a former student in his music law class and as his associate attorney, Marc's counsel and guidance in the areas of music and entertainment law are remarkable."
Entertainment Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Ostrow is a highly knowledgeable and professional attorney. Not only is he highly skilled, but also is very pleasant to speak and work with and is an individual. It is my pleasure to endorse Mr. Ostrow."
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