Charles Sanders, Esq.

Charles J. Sanders, a copyright and intellectual property specialist practicing in New York, serves as Counsel to The National Music Publishers' Association, Inc. and as Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs and Counsel to its licensing subsidiary, The Harry Fox Agency, Inc., where he has been employed since 1986. In those capacities he has participated in private sector drafting and advising on several important pieces of legislation (including the Digital Performance Rights in Sound Recordings Act of 1995) and in bringing several major industry litigations (among them the Frank Music v. Compuserve Internet case).

Prior to that, he served as an associate counsel with Macmillan Publishing and its music publishing division, G. Schirmer Music Publishers, Inc., where he specialized in copyright and First Amendment matters and successfully argued the Jean Harris v. NYCVCB case against prior restraint. He is a former Derenberg/Brown Copyright Fellow at New York University School of Law (LL.M. 1984), and he currently teaches a course in "Ethics" as part of the NYU Graduate Studies Music Business Program conducted in conjunction with the law school.

Sanders' interest in freedom of information and secrecy laws has led him to write and speak extensively on those issues, as well, including several CNN and other broadcast news media appearances. In 1993, he co-authored with fellow board member Mark Zaid the first law review concerning the assassination of John F. Kennedy published in nearly three decades, and he later testified before the Assassination Records Review Board on secrecy issues. He is currently completing a book on freedom of information tentatively entitled "Silence and Lies: The History of Secrecy in America."

In addition to being a founding member of the James Madison Project, Sanders is also a senior board member of World Hunger Year, the music industry's foremost anti-hunger organization, and has produced numerous charitable musical events with performers including Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon. He also has more than a dozen album credits as a musician, and is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Sanders is likewise an associate member of the U.S. National Ski Patrol, and a member of the bars of New York State, California, Washington, D.C. and The Supreme Court of the United States. A listing of selected publication credits is included below:

Author, "La Cienega Ruling Raises Questions About Effectiveness of U.S. Copyright," The Financial Times of London (Music and Copyright Supplement), January 17, 1996 at 12.

Author, "Reasons To Keep Cameras Rolling In Courtrooms," The New York Law Journal, February 24, 1995 at 7.

Author, "From the Zapruder Film to the Rodney King Video: Twenty-five Years of Photography, Fair Use and the First Amendment," The New York Law Journal, serialized on January 7, 14, 21, 28, 1994. Cited by the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board in 1997 debates concerning fair use and the disposition of the Zapruder film under the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act.

Co-Author, "The Declassification of Dealey Plaza: An Analysis of the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act," 34 S. Tex. L. Rev. 101 (1993). Reprinted in its entirety in the November 17, 1993 Hearing Record of the House Legislation and National Security Subcommittee on the legislation, and cited by the House Committee on Government Operations in its report, H.R. Rep. No. 587, 103d Cong., 2d. Sess. 20 (1994) in support of its recommendation to extend the life of the Assassination Records Review Board. The authors have submitted comments to and testified before the Review Board on FOI issues.

Co-author, "The Cold Truth: Have Attorneys Really Chilled the Ski Industry Economy?," 2 Fordham Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property Law Forum 125 (1992). Reprinted in its entirety in The New York Law Journal.

Co-author, "Stranger In Parodies: Weird Al and the Law of Musical Satire," 1 Fordham Entertainment, Media and Intellectual Property Law Forum 11, (1990). Cited in many subsequent articles and briefs, including 105 Harvard L. Rev. 726 at 729 (1992), and Respondent's Brief to the United States Supreme Court in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music (1994). See, "Songwriters See Copyrights Infringed in Rap Parody Case," The New York Times, December 3, 1993 at A28 (pseudonymous editorial page letter).

Co-author, "High Court Solves Hitchcock Mystery: An Analysis of The Rear Window Case," The New York Law Journal, May 8, 1990 at 1.

Co-author, "The Rap On Sampling: Theft, Innovation or What?," 1989 Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook at 57. Cited in numerous articles on digital sampling issue, including 60 Brooklyn L. Rev. 1653 at 1663 (1995), and distributed by the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. in continuing legal education programs.

Co-author, "Commentary: Small Is Beautiful In Charity Benefits," Billboard, September 9, 1989 at 11.

Author, "In Search of the Great American Baseball Dream," Baseball Digest, February, 1985 at 36.

Other publication credits include Entertainment Law and Finance, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report.

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