Karyn K. Ablin

Photo of Karyn K. Ablin Karyn Ablin is a member of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C. and specializes in intellectual property issues, especially those relating to music licensing and other copyright-related issues. She has more than two decades of experience representing broadcasters and others before the Copyright Royalty Board, the ASCAP Rate Court, and other federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Karyn also counsels clients in issues relating to the use of music and other copyrighted content, especially with regard to the statutory license applicable to webcasting and the use of music by over-the-air broadcasters, satellite radio operators, and telecommunications providers. She also negotiates music licenses and represents clients in music licensing fee disputes and has experience litigating patent, trademark, and non-intellectual property matters, including those before federal regulatory agencies and federal courts. Ms. Ablin received her law degree from the University of Virginia, where she graduated Order of the Coif and was an Executive Editor of the Virginia Law Review and a member of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Journal of International Law. She graduated with two undergraduate degrees, summa cum laude, from Oral Roberts University, majoring in math and music. She also studied at the Sorbonne in France, Martin Luther University in Germany, and the International Institutes of Law and Social Change in the Netherlands, as well as Northern Arizona University. Karyn was named by The Legal 500 US as a “recommended lawyer” for copyright law both 2015 and 2016.

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Copyright Royalty Judges Propose To Clarify Streaming Reporting Rules for Noncommercial Broadcasters

Proposed change would include noncommercial broadcasters among “Eligible Minimum Fee Webcasters.” It looks like noncommercial broadcasters who stream may be in for a little more clarity in their reporting responsibilities. The Copyright Royalty Judges (we’ll call them “Judges” here) have proposed to modify the rules governing how those broadcasters are supposed to report the sound … Continue Reading

DOJ Makes it Official: No Change to ASCAP/BMI Consent Decrees

Siding with music users, DOJ concludes that Decrees call for “full-work” – rather than “fractional” – music licensing; ASCAP and BMI head to court and Congress.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has formally closed its two-year-long review of the decades-old ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees. Those Decrees mandate federal court oversight of the rates … Continue Reading