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Lita T. Rosario

Lita T. Rosario

WYZ Girl Entertainment Consulting

Washington, DC, USA

Lita T. Rosario is the principal of WYZ Girl Entertainment Consulting a boutique entertainment and intellectual property law and consulting firm in Washington DC.  She has served on the Washington D.C. Chapter of Recording Academy (Grammy) Board of Governors and serves on the Board of Directors for the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA).  She is admitted to the State Bars in New York, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia, the federal Court Bars for Southern District of New York, the District Court for the District of Columbia, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and most recently the Supreme Court.  She was elected as Chair of the DC Bar’s Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Section for 2012-2013.

Rosario is an expert in copyright recapture and was successful in securing the ownership rights for Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force for arguably the most sampled song in Hip Hop --- “Planet Rock,” and all songs that sampled “Planet Rock.”  Rosario has represented members of Parliament Funkadelic, including Garry Shider (Diaper Man) and George Clinton, in matters to regain ownership of their catalogs, including the iconic hits records “Atomic Dog,” and “ One Nation Under A Grove” and the estate of a founder of KC & the Sunshine Band.  

Rosario has secured favorable decisions in the 2nd Circuit and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal on  copyright issues involving Justine Timberlake’s multi-platinum hit Suit & Tie and KC & The Sunshine Band; assisted with a 9th Circuit appeal by George Clinton in connection with the copyright ownership dispute of the Funkadelic Masters; was a contributing author for an amicus brief with the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for the case involving infringement of Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s in Blurred Lines; and authored a Petition for Writ of Certiorari before the United States Supreme Court on a statute of limitations issue involving copyright renewal ownership claims under Section 304 of the Copyright Act.

Rosario began her career in entertainment law as a co-founder and co-owner of University Music Entertainment, a music production company that produced multi-platinum recording artist DRU Hill, Mya and ultimately SISQO.  Rosario went on to represent such artists as Missy Elliott (and is responsible for Missy owning her copyrights), Crystal Waters, Tank and Robin S.  She has secured back royalties for many artists and songwriters including, Peaches & Herb, Mr. Cheeks, and Pig Pun.   

She has acted as an expert/consultant in litigation matters involving Lauren Hill and NE-YO, as well as the Zapp Estate, Sean Levert Estate and Gerald Levert Estate matters.  Rosario has represented clients in songwriter and author disputes for the mega hit records “Who let the Dogs Out,” “Blame it on the Alcohol,” and “Thong Song.”  She has secured ownership rights for her clients in all cases.

Rosario has lobbied Congress on artist rights issues and is an outspoken advocate for artist rights! Rosario began her career as a corporate/securities law attorney at Gaston Snow & Ely Bartlett in Boston and then Shearman & Sterling in New York. Rosario is a graduate of Howard University.


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