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Craig Parks

Entertainment Law

Craig Parks grew up in Winnipeg where he received his undergrad degree in French and Economics. Moving to Queens for law school, he took up permanent residence in Toronto in 1977. Following graduation from law school, he took a position as first legal counsel to CMRRA and then first legal counsel to PROCAN (predecessor to SOCAN). Following stints at downtown law firms, Craig was invited to act as Senior Counsel to the Copyright Board on its first major hearing. Since 1990, he has been a sole practitioner specializing in copyright and entertainment law, with much of his practice relating to music. A musician himself, Craig finds it easy to relate to artists and songwriters but also brings those sensibilities to his “corporate” clients in the music industry.

Craig’s Skill Set:

  • 30+ years of experience as a lawyer in the copyright and entertainment field;
  • Extensive work with copyright collectives; intimately familiar with their operations and their interaction with the Copyright Board;
  • Has represented countless performing artists, songwriters, music publishers and record companies, drafting and negotiating the legal agreements associated with their relationships;
  • Known for excellent drafting and writing skills;
  • Known for a collaborative style of negotiating whose success is measured by “win-win” outcomes;
  • Has acted as mediator for the Copyright Board;
  • Able to communicate in French; has acted as a translator of many legal and non-legal documents.