Music Counsel

This role may also be located in our Playa Vista, CA campus.

Note: By applying to this position your application is automatically submitted to the following locations: San Bruno, CA, USA; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York, NY, USA

Minimum qualifications:

  • J.D. or equivalent degree.
  • 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience with commercial agreements, digital music licensing agreements, agreements and support of multi-territorial licensing entities.
  • Admitted to the bar and in good standing or otherwise authorized to practice law (e.g., have registered in-house status) in the state in which the role is located.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Good work ethic, well organized and able to manage numerous projects simultaneously under deadline pressure.
  • Excellent business judgment and strategic thinking.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and creative thinking.
  • Ability to travel.

About the job

As Corporate Counsel at Google, you work on the most exciting legal issues as disruptive technological innovations require creative and proactive legal guidance. You’re part of a whip-smart group of in-house lawyers and the projects and cases you take on challenge you to think big and differently. You are collaborative – ready to partner in initiatives that influence all aspects of the business and work with Googlers from all over the company. As an integrated part of the team, you proactively assess legal risks and advise on products that will not only move information into the 21st century, but move information law forward as well.

As a Music Counsel, you’ll be an experienced lawyer who will focus on music licensing, policy development, content-creation and distribution, and related transactions for Google products, particularly YouTube and YouTube Music.

You will manage, draft, and analyze a wide variety of music and video content licensing and distribution agreements for YouTube and Google’s growing digital media business, as well as analyze and advise on legal issues relating to the use of music across the entire spectrum of Google products around the world for agreements and for policy development. You will also provide commercial and product-related legal support for music related launches on YouTube more generally. You’re a diligent and proactive person who will bring excellent business judgment and strategic thinking, along with the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a fast-paced team environment.

20th century laws don’t always solve 21st century problems, and Google Legal crafts innovative approaches for handling some of the toughest legal challenges of the information age. Whether you’re a patent attorney, an intellectual property expert or an engineer headed to law school, Google Legal lets you take on unanswered legal quandaries and create new precedents. Our innovative services raise challenging questions that demand creative and practical answers. We provide those answers by working at the crossroads of the law and new technology, helping Google build innovative and important products for users around the world.


  • Draft and review music and video content licensing agreements with content creators, distributors, record labels, music publishers, and publishing collecting societies across all Google products, including YouTube and YouTube Music and their related products and features.
  • Respond promptly to legal requests from business development, sales, licensing, product, marketing, and other business clients.
  • Advise product team clients, as well as finance and other company departments on legal issues and risks, regulatory matters, complex agreement structures, approval processes, company policies and procedures, intellectual property, and agreement strategy.
  • Support the continuous improvement of standard form agreements and legal processes.

Google is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. See also Google’s EEO Policy and EEO is the Law. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by completing this form.

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