Edward (Ned) R. Hearn

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With his principal office in San Jose, California, Edward (Ned) R. Hearn represents clients worldwide in intellectual property and business matters related to creative artists and media-based companies.

Ned's practice focuses on entertainment, internet, and computer software businesses and their convergence, intersecting content, media, and technology in the digital internet environment, including: recording, production, and publishing; multi-media and internet web-based productions; video games for mobile and console based platforms; mobile apps; digital distribution and repurposing of content; licensing, distribution, and marketing; copyright and trademark matters; merchandising; sponsorships; film, television, video productions; options, scoring, and soundtracks; content syndications; literary publishing, including fiction and technical and professional non-fiction; clearances for use of intellectual property in all forms of media; talent services negotiating and contracting; strategic alliances; content catalog sales and purchases; business start-ups and development; private financing; and private mergers and acquisitions of content and media-based companies.

His clients include record labels, music publishers, book publishers, software and video game publishers, traditional and internet-based media, production, technology, and content distribution companies; webcasting companies; recording artists, writers, producers, managers, authors, software, video game, and app designers and developers, and multimedia product and website designers and developers.

Ned has co-authored Musician's Guide to Copyright, (Scribners); The Musician's Business and Legal Guide (Prentice Hall); has published numerous articles on his practice area; and has presented at dozens of conferences, including for the American Bar Association (ABA), Practising Law Institute (PLI), American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Expo, California Lawyers for the Arts, NARAS/Recording Academy, and various media and trade association conferences.

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Areas of Practice (5)

  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law
  • Copyrights Licensing Agreements
  • Trademarks
  • Entertainment Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Rutgers University, B.A, magna cum laude, 1967
Law School Attended:
Rutgers University, J.D., cum laude, 1970
Year of First Admission:
1970, New Jersey; 1970, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1972, New York; 1973, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 1973, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; 1976, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1976, California
American Bar Association
California Bar Association
California Lawyers for the Arts
National Association of Recording Artists
West Coast Songwriters Association
Birth Information:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 19, 1945

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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San Jose, California

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