NYU Steinhardt News

Dr. Lawrence Ferrara Cited as Expert in Article on Hip Hop Sampling/Licensing

In an interview for online magazine HipHopDX, DMG Clearances president Deborah Mannis-Gardner praises the department's Director Emeritus, Dr. Lawrence Ferrara, as the preferred music copyright consultant for her hip hop and rap clients. While discussing the frequency with which copyright lawsuits are filed against hip hop artists, Mannis-Gardner states: "A lot of my clients go to Dr. Ferrara, this amazing musicologist out of NYU, if they are concerned that an accusation would arrive and they have him listen to it."

In addition to serving as Director Emeritus, Dr. Ferrara is currently on the full-time faculty in music theory and music history. He is an active music copyright consultant for record, music publishing, and motion picture companies, and individuals in the United States and abroad. Artists for whom he has provided musical analyses include Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Jay Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Billy Joel, Gloria Estefan, Jimmy Page, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Dr. Dre, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Ronson, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Dr. Luke, Janet Jackson, David Guetta, Sean Combs, Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa, Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Shakira, Trey Songz, Adam Young, Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, Timbaland, Wyclef Jean, James Brown, Pharrell Williams, Paul McCartney, Marc Anthony, Elton John, Hillary Duff, Notrious B.I.G., DMX, T. I., The Game, Common, Luther Vandross, Enrique Iglesias, Tom Petty, Tupac, Juanes, Fergie, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Carly Rae Jepsen, Don Henley, will.i.am, Usher, Drake, Alan Parsons, The-Dream, Jessie J, Charlie Puth, Justin Bieber, and Chris Brown as well as the groups Led Zeppelin, U2, The Black Eyed Peas, The Chainsmokers, N.W.A., 3 Doors Down, Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Paramore, The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Nickelback, Daft Punk, Lil' Jon & The East Side Boyz, N'Sync, Filter, LMFAO, Wu Tang Clan, Train, AC/DC, Dropkick Murphys, SWV, C & C Music Factory, Linkin Park, El Gran Combo, Motley Crue, The Ramones, War, and Green Day.

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