Category: Music

Agency agreements

This information sheet includes: what an agency is, how it is created, granting authority to an agent, an agent's obligations, and agency agreements.

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Direct licensing guidelines: sound recordings

This information sheet provides information about the direct licensing guidelines/policy that all PPCA licensors must have and contains additional information about licensing of sound recordings. For a sample Direct Licensing Guidelines please download the PDF.

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Limitations on Freedom of Expression

This information sheet aims to introduce artists to the limitations they are most likely to be confronted with or ought to consider. While these limitations do exist, Arts Law encourages artists to seek legal advice regarding specific queries before opting not to create or exclude certain expression from their artistic work.

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Music – Bands and recording artists

This information sheet explains the rights in musical works and sound recordings and describes how composers, independent recording artists and bands that own the copyright in their music can derive income through the licensing and performance of their compositions and sound recordings.

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Performers’ rights

This information sheet outlines the rights held by performers.

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Protecting your ideas

How to protect ideas and an outline of confidentiality law. This information sheet includes a sample confidentiality agreement.

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Protecting your professional name

This information sheet provides an overview on professional names, including the steps you can take to protect your professional name.

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Trade marks

An explanation of who can apply for a trade mark, how to register a trade mark, and what can be registered as a trade mark. An overview of the registration process, reasons why a application may be refused and preventing others to use your trade mark.

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Popular information sheets

  • 1. Street photographer’s rights

    Can I take a photograph in public that contains images of people I don’t know? Can I take a photo of a famous landmark or of the front of someone’s house and later sell it?

    This information sheet aims to provide you with the answers to these and other questions that may arise when you are taking photographs in and of public spaces. It also aims to provide those you encounter with a statement of your rights to minimise the possibility of harassment or threatened legal action. So carry this in your pocket and be prepared.

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  • 2. Debt recovery letter of demand

    This information sheet explains the function of a letter of demand for debt recovery. It includes a sample letter of demand for the recovery of money following your supply of goods or services (eg. sale of artwork, performance fees) to a person or organisation.

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  • 3. Copyright

    Copyright is an important asset of creators that gives them legal rights and opportunities to generate income irrespective of the ownership of their physical creation, and irrespective even whether that creation still exists. This information sheet provides basic information on copyright, including dealing with copyright.

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  • 4. Debt recovery – small claims procedure (NSW)

    An introduction into how one can go about chasing payment that is owning to them in New South Wales. It provides clarification on the small claims procedure in NSW.

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  • 5. Legal issues for bloggers

    This information sheet addresses the main legal issues that can arise from online web-based publications, web logs, diaries or newsletters posted on a website by individuals, organisations, businesses or communities.

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  • 6. Copyright infringement and letter of demand

    This information sheet explains the function of a letter of demand for infringement of copyright. It includes a sample letter of demand for copyright infringement.

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  • 7. Social Media for Artists

    The Internet provides artists with a platform to access a worldwide audience for their work.  Social media, in particular, is a ready-made do-it-yourself mechanism for distributing, promoting, exhibiting and even selling creative content whether music, visual art, film, literature or other multi-platform art forms. This information sheet addresses the legal issues that can arise for artists using social media to publish their work.

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  • 8. Debt recovery – small claims procedure (VIC)

    When chasing payment for goods or services, the first step is generally to send a letter of demand to the other party telling them of the dispute and the money outstanding, and giving them a defined period within which to settle the matter or else face legal action.

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  • 9. Exclusion clauses, disclaimers and risk warnings

    This information sheet explains what these terms are, when you are likely to use them or come across them and the effectiveness of such statements.

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  • 10. Debt recovery – small claims procedure (WA)

    This information sheet provides an introduction into about how one can chase outstanding payment in Western Australia. It provides clarification on the small claims procedure in Western Australia.

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