CLO - Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Affairs - Blue Pie Records USA
Colin graduated in law from Monash University and has been actively involved in the music and media industry for the last 25 years. He was Corporate Counsel and head of Legal and Business for Polygram Australia (now Universal Music) overseeing the Group’s legal work for the recording, home video and publishing divisions as well as managing the catalogues of local and international copyrights, trademarks and related deal negotiations with licensors and other media groups such as TV and radio networks.
He returned to the law to become co-partner at Simpsons, Australia’s premier arts law firm, where he specialized in commercial transaction law, licensing and protecting intellectual property, venture structuring and management of IP rights in commercial ventures Clients included The Wiggles, Polygram Records, Warner Music Publishing and MCA Music Publishing.
He founded Abilong in 1996 to advise commercial ventures of all kinds as to how best to secure the maximum benefit from their creative effort and intellectual property. Abilong provides commercial advice to a wide range of enterprises and creative’s; clients have included TV program developers, major entertainment events and technology start-ups and Apple Computers (securing the music used on the music used to support the iPod’s launch into Asia). The company is consulting to large UK arena events to create IP Matrix analysis and commercialization plans and provides Expert Witness services to litigation such as the highly publicized “Men at Work/ Kookaburra” copyright case.
He co-authored the 1st edition of the Australian music industry’s standard text “Music Business” (now in its 3rd edition) and lectures graduate and post-graduate courses at various institutions including University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts and the Australian Institute of Music teaching commercial and business management subjects, focusing on media, licensing , commercial strategies, tax and venture structuring. He was on the Australian Record Industry Association’s Copyright Committee and was a member of the of The Law Society of New South Wales’ Ethics Committee for four years.
Colin Seeger assists Blue Pie’s new ventures become “capital ready” and matches funders with commercial opportunities. Through this work Colin has built close relations with a range of US and UK law firms and has developed a niche business, creating and overseeing fling by patent attorneys, of business system patents and a global network of media contacts and associates in record, television and new media companies
As Blue Pie’s internal corporate affairs and I.P Strategist and consultant, Colin works with the board to protect and manage Blue Pie’s I.P and Digital Assets worldwide. A non stop powerhouse of life and energy, with a great sense of humour, we are honoured to have Colin on the team.