Barry J. Heyman

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  • Legal & Finance

  • New York, NY

Barry Heyman is an entertainment attorney 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. As the point person between the legal affairs departments internationally, he supervised the proper mobile licensing of MTV’s intellectual property content to Motorola.In addition to his hands on entertainment company experience, Barry has also pursued opportunities with various law firms ranging from the boutique 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 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 counsels clients regarding protecting their intellectual property, and advises individuals and companies in connection with licensing, recording, distribution, publishing, and related contracts. 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. Barry received his Music Business degree, cum laude, from New York University and his J.D., cum laude, from New York Law School.