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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.
"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"
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Music Law with Aurelia Butler-Ball – BN1 Magazine, June 2015
“Using a high profile person to talk about a product can be a very powerful way for a brand to appeal to certain audiences.
“We regularly advise influencers and brands on such endorsement deals and are seeing an ever-growing crackdown by regulators on those who do not make it clear to viewers that what they are watching is in fact an advert, not the influencer’s unbiased opinion.“
“Using words like “sponsored”, “supported by X” or “funded by X” are insufficient and it is the influencer’s responsibility to ensure that regulations are complied with. Consequences for non-compliance can include the content being taken down and an influencer’s reputation can be badly damaged if they are seen to be ignoring rules designed to protect the public. Ultimately, if an influencer persistently breaks the regulations, they can be referred to other bodies for further action, such as Trading Standards and the highest sanctions available to Trading Standards include unlimited fines and prison sentences up to two years.”
“While This Is Spinal Tap is viewed by millions as comedy genius, the claims that Vivendi have manipulated and obfuscated profits to the detriment of the artists are no laughing matter.
Record labels now get a huge amount of data on the sales of music but this is infrequently passed down to the creative talent, and so the artist has no choice but to rely on the company calculating royalties properly.
We need to move to a position of more transparency of the various revenue streams labels receive so they can be held to account when they are not calculating royalties properly.
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.
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