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Stephen J. Easley, Esq., Song Research & Recovery Services, LLC

Stephen J. Easley is an honors graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia Law School, and practices primarily in the Entertainment, Intellectual Property, Corporate, and Non-Profit areas. Mr. Easley taught seminars on Entertainment, IP and Non-Profit topics at Georgetown University Law School, American University Law School, the National Law Center at George Washington University, various conferences and seminars, and taught at, worked or attended every SXSW Music & Media Conference since assisting with its founding in 1987.

In 2017, Stephen formed Song Research & Recovery Services, LLC with noted music publishing executive and business partner Richard Perna.   SR&RS specializes in assisting songwriters and their heirs in recovering their songs, through the timely filing of “Termination Notices” with music publishers to recover certain rights from those publishers. SR&RS also specializes in providing analytical and due diligence services to aggregators and sellers of music publishing rights, songwriter income streams, master recording rights, and artist and producer income streams.

Mr. Easley also serves as counsel to Maria Elena Holly and the Estate of Buddy Holly in all areas, including licensing, merchandising, trademarks, and litigation, where he recovered Buddy Holly’s US copyrights, and then created and directed Buddy Holly Licensing, LLC to exploit those works through syncs, covers, and otherwise. He also serves as Counsel to the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, representing them in all areas. Mr. Easley also co-founded the Mosaic Sound Collective Foundation in Austin, a public-private partnership dedicated to preserving Austin’s live music scene, where he teaches musicians about IP rights. Over the years he has worked in various capacities in the entertainment area, and counseled, worked with, represented, managed, promoted concerts for, or booked artists such as 2012 Grammy Nominee Seth Glier, 2014 Grammy Award winner Wouter Kellerman, award-winning songwriter Kimmie Rhodes, The Bruce Smith Band, multi-platinum songwriter Monte Warden, members of Small Black and The Damnwells, blues legends Eddie Hinton and Roy Buchanan, R.E.M., Grace Pettis, and Tinsley Ellis, amongst others. In the non-profit area, Mr. Easley served as counsel to the Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV) and served as co-lead counsel in the landmark Atchison v. Barry homeless “right to shelter” class action case.

Mr. Easley also currently serves as counsel to or General Counsel at a number of successful technology companies, including F2 Technologies and Heartland Networks, and formerly served as VP for Business Affairs and General Counsel at American Cellular Corporation and PriCellular Corporation, amongst others. Prior to that he practiced law, was cited as an expert by the Supreme Court in the landmark securities definitional case Landreth Timber v Landreth, and was Law Clerk to the Hon. William S. Sessions, Chief Judge, United States District Court in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to law school, Mr. Easley served as a Certified Public Accountant with Price Waterhouse & Co., working with Ted Turner to create the Superstation, CNN and Turner Broadcasting.