About Annie Lin

Photo by Will BaileyAnnie Lin is a San Francisco-based attorney who works at the intersection of entertainment, media and technology, particularly in the areas of music technology and rights licensing. Her diverse background includes experience both in dealmaking and problem-solving for enterprises in music, film, advertising and new media.

Since 2010, Annie has been practicing with Brave Noise Legal, providing legal and entertainment counsel, from music clearance and licensing services to assistance with media agreements, rights strategy and DMCA issues, to early stage companies, developers, producers, filmmakers, creators. As production counsel and music supervisor, Annie’s credits include numerous narrative features, documentary films and advertisements, including recent titles “Rising From Ashes”, “Marwencol”, “Copyright Criminals”, “Jack and Diane” and “Cartoon College.”

Prior to moving to Bay Area, Annie helped launch the licensing division of The Orchard, a New York City-based digital distributor of independent music. As director of creative licensing, she was instrumental in building the company’s creative licensing ventures and establishing the business as a major player in the synchronization licensing space. Her music placements can be seen in numerous films, television shows, advertisements and interactive media projects, for brand properties such as Target, British Airways, Lexus and Crayola, and programs including “The Wire”, “Dexter” and “CSI:Miami”.

Annie came to the entertainment industry through her early career as a touring artist and performing singer-songwriter, and released three albums independently. She has worked in the Texas civil courts, as well as a variety media entities including Ticketmaster/Citysearch, Cherry Lane Music Publishing and Juris Publishing. After graduating with a B.A. from Rice University, she studied intellectual property and entertainment law, earning a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.

Annie is a member of the California Bar and speaks Spanish and Chinese. She is a co-founder of the San Francisco Mixtape Society.


  • Scatter/Gather: Razorfish Digital Content Strategy Blog. – “SXSW Q&A” 2010
  • Nonalignment Pact, PopMatters – Freelance Music Blogger
  • VentureBeat – “Do You Have The Right To Socialize On Multiplayer Games?” 2009
  • Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal – “Who Owns The Cow When We Give Away The Milk For Free? Fair Use And The Protection Of Web-Posted Materials” 2005

Professional Honors, Presentations and Affiliations

  • SXSW – Legal Mentor 2011
  • SXSW Interactive Music Licensing For Emerging Technologies Panel – Speaker 2010
  • Grammy Foundation Sound Tables: Deals & Dollars – Speaker 2010
  • American Advertising Association West – Member 2009 – Present
  • HBO/Producer’s Guild of America Music Licensing Panel – Speaker 2008
  • BMI/Women In Music Industry Roundtable – Speaker 2008
  • Independent Music Awards – Juror 2008
  • Asian-American Film Lab Music Rights Seminar – Lecturer 2007
  • CMJ Music in Television Panel – Moderator 2006
  • Baker Botts L.L.P. Writing Award – Best Intellectual Property Paper 2005
  • SXSW Interactive Future of Music Panel – Speaker 2004

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