Marc Ostrow

Adjunct Professor of Law


B.A., Magna cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1986
J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1989

Areas of Expertise

Music Law


Marc D. Ostrow is an attorney focusing in the areas of copyright and entertainment law, with a particular emphasis in the music business. He represents composers, songwriters, recording artists, labels, music publishers as well other creators and licensors of intellectual property. From 2010-2016 he served as Adjunct Professor at Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University where he taught courses on the music business.

From 2006-2008, Marc was the General Manager of the New York office of classical music publisher, Boosey & Hawkes. Prior to joining Boosey in 2004 as Vice President, Business Affairs, Marc was a Senior Attorney at BMI and from 1995 until joining BMI in 1998, he was the General Counsel of Second Floor Music, a boutique music publisher specializing in jazz.

Marc’s article on transformative fair use was published in Vol. 20, No. 2 (Spring 2016) of Copyright & New Media Law and his widely read article on musical arrangements and other derivative works was published in Vol. 35, No.9 (October 2015) of The Licensing Journal. His more than five dozen blog posts on copyright and music are available on his website,


Marc is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago Law School. He has served as on the board of the New York Chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers, as a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA and as a publisher member of the ASCAP Symphonic and Concert Music Committee. Marc frequently speaks at various industry forums and educational institutions, including Juilliard, NYU and the Curtis Institute of Music. He is also a performing songwriter and composer. 

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