As a former singer/songwriter, Charles understands the legal issues that frequently confront musicians in the early stages of their careers.  At the same time, Charles has handled legal matters for Grammy-award-winning artists whose albums have sold in the millions.  In each case, the legal services needed are surprisingly similar:


  • Negotiation of fair terms among artists, record labels, publishing companies, and other music industry entities


  • Counseling musicians on compulsory licensing rules and fair use issues, especially in the sampling context



  • Obtaining all necessary intellectual property registrations, both in the U.S. and abroad, to protect a musician's brand and creative works; preventing others from unlawfully exploiting that brand and its supporting works, especially in the online environment