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Peter Mason

Senior Associate

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In the course of a career split evenly across private practice roles and working in-house, Peter has developed both sector-leading digital and collective licensing legal expertise and a second nature for applying that expertise to deliver commercial solutions.

“Music and technology are my passions – and law of course! I’ve advised a rich mix of music and film industry bodies and collecting societies, video-on-demand platforms, music streaming services and entertainment tech and data companies for coming up to 15 years, and the pace of change and new challenges facing the industry are what keeps me going. Whether it’s negotiating a multi-million pound licence fee, mapping out the movement of vast quantities of data, or dealing with new regulatory and compliance obligations, there is always something new and interesting on my plate.

I speak the language of the music industry, contributing regularly to conferences and events, but listening is even more important. I want to hear about clients’ own challenges and goals, because no two are ever alike. I draw on my experience to apply a bespoke solution for each client.

Music is where I began my legal journey, but technology has been the pathway I’ve followed, and I now also advise in the TV, film, digital entertainment and social media sectors. ”

Peter Mason has in-depth knowledge of collective licensing organisations and neighbouring rights and is an up-and-comer representing music industry bodies and music-tech companies.

Legal 500, 2021

Recent Experience +

  • Advising Disney on agreements with collecting societies across Europe for the clearance of music and other rights in Disney’s new SVOD platform, Disney+.
  • Advising music publishers including Downtown and One Media IP on company and catalogue acquisitions.
  • Advising Beatport on their corporate partnership with samples and DJ technology company Loopmasters.
  • Advising a number of leading businesses and trade bodies in the audiovisual sector on the impact of regulatory changes under the new Copyright Directive and Satellite and Cable Directive.
  • Advising IMPEL on the establishment of the collecting society as a new independent entity for the management of the rights of independent music publishers, including new constitutional arrangements and membership agreements, regulatory compliance and licensing to music DSPs.
  • Working as part of a small international working group of lawyers to define the data sharing , management and use rules for a new multi-territory repertoire database, VRDB, including establishing processes for governance and representation.