NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 17, 2008) – Morrison & Foerster announced the arrival of Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, a leading music industry lawyer, in the firm’s litigation department in New York. Ms. Charlesworth joins Morrison & Foerster from the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA), where for the past two years she served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Previously, Ms. Charlesworth spent five years as Senior Vice President and General Counsel with The Harry Fox Agency, Inc., the country’s premier organization for licensing the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted musical works and a subsidiary of the NMPA.
In addition to overseeing industry licensing issues, Ms. Charlesworth directed litigation efforts at the NMPA on behalf of music copyright owners, including statutory ratesetting proceedings and cases against peer-to-peer networks and other unauthorized digital music services. She also helped frame and advance legislation to benefit the music community, most notably the Section 115 Reform Act (SIRA), proposed legislation to create a new system for the licensing of musical works in the digital environment.
Along with her litigation practice, Ms. Charlesworth will be active with the firm’s Technology Transactions Group, which frequently handles licensing, copyright and other intellectual property matters in the entertainment, internet and digital media sectors.
“Jacqueline's addition further strengthens our copyright and music industry expertise, both on the litigation and transactional sides,” noted John Delaney, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster's Technology Transactions Group. “She's been one of the most active and visible players in the music industry as digital formats have reshaped nearly every aspect of the business. She is widely acknowledged as one of the industry’s leading copyright lawyers with specific expertise in digital media. Our music industry and larger technology client base are very excited about her arrival at the firm.”
For Ms. Charlesworth, the decision to join Morrison & Foerster was something of a homecoming. “I have a longtime relationship with the firm, going back to when I was a legal assistant in the San Francisco office after college,” she commented. “More recently, I have been highly impressed with the firm's depth of knowledge of both technology and intellectual property issues,” she added. “As copyrighted content continues to move to digital formats, it is essential for clients to have both types of expertise readily available. Morrison & Foerster stands out in this regard, so it was the obvious choice for me.”
James Hough, who chairs Morrison & Foerster’s litigation department in New York, noted Ms. Charlesworth’s contributions to the practice. “Digital copyright issues are some of the most hotly litigated matters in the media and entertainment industries right now, with huge implications for a large number of constituents,” Mr. Hough said. “Copyright litigation has increasingly become a high stakes game, and Jacqueline is one of the leading practitioners in this field. She will be a tremendous asset to our litigation team.”
Ms. Charlesworth earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was Executive Committee Editor of The Yale Law Journal. She received a B.A. in American Civilization, magna cum laude, from Brown University.
Following law school, Ms. Charlesworth served as a law clerk for the Honorable Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, as well as for the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She spent several years with two prominent New York City law firms before assuming her in-house roles.