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Billboard magazine names law alumnus to its power list

Loyola press release - June 4, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law alumnus Richard S. Busch, J.D. ’90, a partner in the litigation section of King and Ballow in Nashville, Tenn., was named to Billboard's 2012 Power 100 list of the most influential people in the music business.

Busch has successfully represented music clients in numerous trials and appellate court cases, most recently F.B.T. Productions, LLC v. Aftermath Records, et al. Busch represented the plaintiff, who discovered, produced and co-wrote some of recording artist Eminem’s biggest hits. In the landmark case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the court ruled in favor of F.B.T., finding that the agreements between record label Universal and digital download providers like iTunes, are licenses. The ruling supported Eminem’s recording agreement, which entitles him and F.B.T. to 50 percent of Universal’s net receipts for sales by iTunes and others of Eminem songs.

Busch has filed similar actions on behalf of other artists, including Peter Frampton, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, Toto, Weird Al Yankovic and the estate of Bruce Gary, the late drummer of the Knack. These cases have made it more difficult for labels to profit from digital sales of catalog titles.

Busch also represented Eminem’s music publisher, Eight Mile Style, in a copyright infringement action against Apple, Inc. and Aftermath Records. The trial examined whether Apple obtained the necessary publishing licenses that allowed it to make Eminem songs available for digital download on iTunes. It was settled after nearly a week of testimony.

Busch has also been featured, on numerous occasions, as one of the best 150 lawyers in Tennessee in Business Tennessee magazine. In 2011, he was part of Nashville Post’s list of Nashville's top 101 lawyers.