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Aurelia is an experienced commercial lawyer advising clients in the media and entertainment industries. She advises both individuals and businesses working in music, film, TV and digital media. She holds a certificate in Legal Rights and Trade Practices in the Creative Industries from UCL Faculty of Laws.
Acting for a recording artist on her deal with the major record label, Sony Music.
Advising a songwriter on an exclusive publishing deal with a major music publisher.
Providing advice to a fast growth digital media company on their joint venture with Ladybird Books.
Advising an online recruitment company on their joint venture with a national newspaper publisher.
Providing advice to a film production company on the financing, chain of title and commercial agreements of their film.
Advising a well known television presenter on their agreement with a national TV channel.
Providing advice to a well known television celebrity on a commercial agreement with the BBC.
"Working with Aurelia and the team was easy from start to finish. Efficient, thorough and very knowledgeable in our area. We look forward to working with them further in the future"
Christian Hughes, Founder, Toddler Fun Learning (YouTube)
Music Law with Aurelia Butler-Ball - in BN1 Magazine, June 2015
It’s a great time to be carving out a career in music as the music business continues to grow more than any other entertainment industry.
Being named the BBC’s ‘Sound of 2017’ can be pivotal in turning an emerging artist into a household name as we’ve seen from previous winners Adele, Jessie J and Ellie Goulding.
The accolade can be a springboard to international fame but at this stage in a performer’s career it’s vital they tread carefully as the key to financial success in the music industry is getting deals with record labels and publishing companies, right.
Future planning is also essential and even the band Oasis said that getting a pension when they first started out was the best thing they ever did.
The best advice for unsigned artists like Ray BLK would be to ensure you get a good deal with your record label, and when you get those earnings – spend them wisely, plan for the future, because in such a rapidly changing industry, no one knows what the future holds.
This is not the first time we’ve seen Marvin Gaye or Ed Sheeran’s music hit the headlines over copyright infringement issues.
The courts will initially have to decide whether Ed has a case to answer and if so, the matter will go in front of a jury.
The case over ‘Blurred Lines’ illustrated just how far juries are prepared to go in establishing infringement when they found that Robin and Pharrell had infringed Marvin Gaye’s song - “Got to Give it Up” - not because it had identical notes but because the “genre and feel” was the same.
If you’re at the beginning of a career as an artist in the entertainment industry, getting good advice and negotiating good deals is key to success and largely what Taylor Swift has to thank for her fortune.
Getting good recording and publishing deals are essential especially when you are starting out and one may be blinded by the desire to break into the music industry.
In Taylor Swift’s case, it’s likely any share of her live income given to external parties, would be kept to an absolute minimum.
By not allowing the majority of her music on many popular streaming services, Taylor’s fans are forced to buy her music rather than stream it, which she will be earning good royalties from, and it also allows her to do a lucrative exclusive deal with only one streaming service.
The music industry is evolving rapidly, technology is changing fast and streaming services and consumer brands are changing the way recording artists make their money.
“From the evidence we have seen so far, at the very least, Ed Sheeran will have a case to answer. If the evidence stands up in court, having that many identical notes will be hugely damaging, especially as it is in relation to the chorus of the song which is the most recognisable aspect of it.
“In the ‘Blurred Lines’ case, we saw how far the US courts were prepared to go in establishing infringement when they ruled that Robin and Pharrell had infringed Marvin Gaye’s song - “Got to Give it Up” - not because it had identical notes but because the “genre and feel” was the same.
“This is a much wider interpretation of copyright infringement than we would have here but if the courts apply the same rule to Ed’s case, he might be in trouble. We look forward to hearing Ed’s side of the story.”
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