Christos P. Badavas serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for SESAC Holdings, Inc. In this role, Badavas focuses on cutting-edge copyright issues affecting SESAC Holdings, its subsidiaries and its clients, including digital licensing, global rights administration, legislative and regulatory issues, and other complex legal matters. Badavas reports to SESAC’s Chairman & CEO, John Josephson.
In January 2017, Badavas was instrumental in providing legal oversight on behalf of SESAC of the Blackstone acquisition. More recently, he was an integral part of the team that launched Mint Digital Services, a joint venture between SESAC and SUISA, which allows for a more efficient process of administering license agreements for online music services across borders.
Badavas was formerly Deputy General Counsel for The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), the nation’s leading provider of rights management, licensing and royalty services for the music industry. While HFA was a subsidiary of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), Badavas provided counsel to the NMPA regarding legislative matters, industry negotiations, litigation and settlements, such as Copyright Royalty Board Proceedings and statutory rate negotiations, and Section 115 reform.
Prior to joining HFA in November 2004, Badavas served as Senior Director of Legal Affairs at EMI Music North America. Before moving to EMI, he was a co-founder and the general counsel for software company Zebware, Inc. Before the creation of Zebware, he was a litigation associate at Richards & O’Neil, LLP from 1994-2000.
Badavas is also a highly sought after lecturer, participating in such conferences as the Association of Independent Music Publishers and the Music Biz Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Series, training programs co-sponsored by the U.S. Copyright Office and the World Intellectual Property and panels addressing issues within his expertise.
Badavas earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Music and International Relations from Brown University and his Juris Doctor degree from the College of William and Mary Law School. A musician himself, Badavas has performed regularly in New York City with a jazz trio and other groups.