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Michael Abitbol

Sony Corp Of America

New York, NY, USA

Michael Abitbol is currently Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Digital for Sony/ATV Music Publishing. In this role, Michael is involved in all aspects of Sony/ATV Music Publishing's digital business, which includes drafting and negotiating license agreements with digital services for the exploitation of Sony/ATV's catalog of compositions in various digital formats and investigating and initiating legal actions against infringing digital services. Michael is also involved in various current issues related to Section 115 rate setting and public performance rights.

Prior to joining Sony/ATV, Michael worked at EMI Music Publishing for five years overseeing digital matters.  Prior to working at EMI, Michael was an associate at Davis & Gilbert LLP for seven years, where he drafted and negotiated various entertainment and advertising-related agreements.

Prior to practicing law, Michael worked for 21st Century Artists, a music management company based in New York City, where he handled the day-to-day management of various music groups including Maxi Priest, Third World and Big Mountain, and where he oversaw all aspects of the production of various live tours. Michael has also been a drummer in several bands, and he was a DJ for the George Washington University student-run radio station for 4 years during college.


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