Articles

11
Jul

Bray & Krais Announces Appointments of Partner and Associate

Specialist music and entertainment law firm Bray & Krais are delighted to announce the arrival of sports Partner Udo Onwere and corporate Associate Alexander Cole. Udo joins the firm from Farrer & Co, and Alexander joins from Slaughter & May. Prior to becoming a qualified solicitor, Udo Onwere was a professional footballer, having played for...
16
Jun

Streaming Revenue to Surpass Physical Records Sales First Time this Year

Partner Simon Dixon discusses how revenue generated through streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music are set to surpass physical music sales this year. Streaming Revenue is set to surpass physical global recorded music sales this year, according to PwC, as revenues from services including Spotify and Apple Music surpass sales of CDs and vinyl records...
15
Jun

Fyre Festival – a Cautionary Tale for Social Media Influencers?

Associate Alexander Cole examines the recent Fyre Festival and the subsequent lawsuits which have been filed against its social media influencers who promoted the festival. In April 2017, Fyre Festival, a luxury music festival in the Bahamas, made news after it was cancelled amid reports of poor infrastructure and security concerns. The festival has given...
29
Nov

Units Sold vs. RPU

The shift from physical to streaming Developments in technology have forced the music industry to reinvent itself twice in the past twenty years. The first was the shift from physical to digital. The second is the shift from digital sales to streaming. Streaming represented 10% of the market in 2010, 51% in 2016 and is...
17
Nov

Corporate Live Wire’s 2016 Legal Awards – Entertainment Industry Law Firm of the Year UK

Bray & Krais are delighted to have been awarded ‘Entertainment Industry Law Firm of the Year UK’ in Corporate Live Wire’s 2016 Legal Awards. Corporate Live Wire’s 2016 Legal Awards recognise the world’s leading legal firms and individuals. Find out more about Corporate Live Wire and their awards. 
17
Oct

Global Law Experts Awards – Music Law Firm of the Year in England 2016

Bray & Krais is delighted to have been chosen as the winner in the Specialist category ‘Music Law Firm of the Year in England’ by Global Law Experts in their Awards 2016. Global Law Experts is the worlds leading online resource for locating specialist legal advisers for the services required by businesses, investors and individuals....
15
Aug

Mark Krais comments on the importance of the revenue stream of CDs in S&P Global Market Intelligence

Music labels battle for longevity as streaming gains momentum August 15, 2016 By Vinjeru Mkandawire Music labels have been hit hard by the digital wave of unlimited streaming. A recent tie-up between Sony’s U.K. unit of Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and Ministry of Sound demonstrates a determination to win back the dance floor and establish...
12
Mar

Dorothea Thompson examines the judgment on Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

“That man is not your maker”: hard times for Blurred Lines Thursday 12th March 2016 Guest blogger Dorothea Thompson, once upon a time a trade mark attorney but now recycled at London-based law firm Bray & Krais, has penned this little piece on a recent piece of US litigation that has become a global smash-hit:...
01
Mar

Judicial review of UK private copying exception

The Musicians’ Union, among others, have applied for a judicial review of the UK’s private copying exception. Ben Gisbey and Dorothea Thompson examine what it could mean for consumers. On 1 October 2014, the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014 came into force, implementing Article 5(2)(b) of the Copyright...