Jul 27, 2011
SoundExchange announced today that long-time Senior Counsel Colin Rushing will step up to be the nonprofit’s new General Counsel. Rushing will fill the position vacated by Michael Huppe, who took the organizational helm as President earlier this year.
“When considering who should oversee the legal interests of our members, we knew we’d need a great legal mind, as well as someone passionate about the rights of artists and copyright holders,” Huppe said of the appointment. “Colin is the perfect fit. His help has been indispensable to SoundExchange over the past several years, and we’re excited to have him taking on a leadership role as we move the organization forward.”
Rushing was instrumental to the negotiations surrounding the 2009 Webcaster Settlement Act, a series of agreements between SoundExchange and online music services aimed at securing the emerging Internet radio model while protecting the interests of performers and record labels. Rushing’s leadership helped strengthen relationships between Internet radio and content creators by balancing compensation for artists and labels with the business needs of innovative services.
In his role as Senior Counsel of Licensing and Enforcement, Rushing oversaw legal proceedings, royalty rate settings, and the regulatory and legal issues necessary for SoundExchange’s daily operations. Since 2009, he has been developing an enforcement program for the 1,400 music services who rely on the statutory license for sound recordings.
“We want to make compliance as painless as possible for music services,” Rushing said today, “so that they can continue to provide enjoyment for consumers and revenue for music creators.” Reaching a balance between positive business relationships and enforcing the law has been Rushing’s focus at SoundExchange. “Our mission is to protect the rights of the performers and copyright owners who bring sound recordings to life,” he continued, “and that means working with the services that use recordings to ensure they’re playing by the rules.”
Rushing is a graduate of James Madison University and the University of Virginia School of Law, and served as a law clerk for the Hon. T.S. Ellis III in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before joining SoundExchange, he was an attorney at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., where he focused on intellectual property and media law. He lives in Virginia with his wife and their young daughter.