Sample Agreements
Artist and Gallery Agreement

This sample agreement outlines what is needed when an Artist wishes to enter into a long term relationship with a Gallery where the Gallery acts as an agent.

Artist in Residence Agreement

This sample agreement summarises the conditions governing the grant of a residence to an artist.

Copyright Licence for Collecting Institutions

This sample Copyright Licence for Collecting Institutions agreement should be used when a museum or other institution holding a collection of artefacts or artworks, including cinematographic or multimedia works or works of artistic craftsmanship or other copyright materials, wishes to make and publish a digital copy of a work for the purpose of facilitating public access to its collection.

Copyright Licensing Agreement

This sample Copyright Licensing Agreement should be used when a person who owns the copyright in creative content wishes to give permission to another person to use their content (whether a visual artwork, text, music, film or other content) in a particular way.

Indigenous Artwork Reproduction License for fabric

This sample INDIGENOUS ARTWORK REPRODUCTION LICENCE (FABRIC) should be used when an artist who owns all rights and interests including copyright in an artwork (the Artwork) wants to grant a licensee an exclusive licence to reproduce the artwork in connection with the manufacture, importation, distribution, promotion, advertising and sale of printed fabric (the Fabric). The licence includes the right to adapt the Artwork into designs that can be printed as a repeating pattern onto Fabric under certain conditions (the Designs).

Indigenous Collaboration Agreement – Fashion and Furnishings

This sample INDIGENOUS COLLABORATION AGREEMENT should be used when a designer in the fashion, textile or home furnishing industry, or a business that is involved in the production of articles for the fashion and furnishing industries  (the Designer) wishes to work together with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island visual artist/ or group of visual artists (the Artist) to create and produce clothing, textiles and/or furnishing items based on or incorporating or inspired by the artworks of that artist or artists.

Music Licence for Games

This sample Music Licence for Games (often referred to as a synchronisation licence or master licence) is for use where a game developer wants to synchronise existing music and an existing master recording of the music to a soundtrack for a game. It is appropriate when the composer of the music owns the copyright in both the music (and lyrics) and the sound recording.

 Info Sheets
Computer Games - legal issues for creative designers

This information sheet addresses legal issues that can arise when creating computer games, including the copyright in the various elements that make up a computer game such as the artistic works and the computer programs that operate the game. The discussion of copyright covers the use of ‘authoring’ programs and the need for games developers to have appropriate contracts with employees, independent contractors or unpaid volunteers.

This information sheet also discusses copyright in ‘user generated content’ and how ownership of ‘user generated content’, ‘End User Licence Agreements’ (EULAs) and the ‘terms of use’ of a Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORG).

Arts Law has a suite of agreements suitable for games design and development here.

Copyright

Copyright provides a way for artists to protect and monetise their creativity. Knowing how to license copyright and earn a royalty gives artists a way to make money from their work. Knowing what to do if someone makes an unauthorised copy is also vital. This information sheet will introduce you to some of the copyright basics.

Arts Law has a number of sample copyright licences, as well as an information sheet on ‘Copyright infringement and letter of demand”. 

Copyright and moral right infringement by media letter of demand (Visual arts & Photo)

This information sheet explains to visual artists and photographers how to prepare a letter of demand to send to a person or organisation in the media (e.g. a newspaper) who you believe is infringing your copyright and/or moral rights, whether in print or online. The first step is to understand your copyright and moral rights and make a careful assessment as to whether they are being infringed.

Copyright Collecting Societies

Collecting societies collect royalties on behalf of their members. Their members are artists, authors, musicians and other owners of copyright in works (such as music, lyrics, visual art and literature) or other copyright material (such as sound recordings, films, and television broadcasts). They may also be visual artists entitled to resale royalties in respect of their visual artworks.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organisation which provides a set of free, generic licences which creators of intellectual property can use to distribute their work to the public digitally. It was launched in the United States in 2001 founded on the concept that people can contribute to a shared 'commons' of creative works by effectively giving up certain rights in a copyright work and allowing others freely to use, adapt, modify and distribute this work.

Direct Licensing Guidelines

This information sheet is for small Australian record companies and independent artists that have an input agreement with the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA). All record companies and independent artists that are PPCA licensors must have direct licensing guidelines that outline the circumstances in which they may directly licence public performance and transmission rights for their sound recordings. This information sheet includes sample Direct Licensing Guidelines. All PPCA licensors are entitled to free legal advice from Arts Law about their guidelines and input agreements. For advice, lodge a query here.

Film competitions

Entering a film competition creates a binding contract between the film maker and the competition organiser. It is important to understand the competition’s terms and conditions. These might include requiring the entrant to give the competition organisers a copyright licence or assignment and a warranty that all underlying copyright has been cleared. This information sheet talks about typical terms and conditions in competitions and what to look out for. Arts Law routinely reviews the terms and conditions of current competitions and film makers should check to see whether their competition has been reviewed here

Moral rights

Moral rights protect the personal relationship between a creator and their work even if the creator no longer owns the work, or the copyright in the work. Moral rights concern the creator’s right to be properly attributed or credited, and the protection of their work from derogatory treatment. This information sheet provides an overview of moral rights and what constitutes infringement, it should be read in conjunction with the Moral rights infringement and letter of demand information sheet.

Moral rights infringement and letter of demand

Moral rights protect the personal relationship between a creator and their work even if the creator no longer owns the work, or the copyright in the work. If you receive legal advice that your moral rights have been infringed, it may be appropriate to send a letter of demand. This information sheet explains what a letter of demand is and contains a sample letter of demand. This information sheet should be read in conjunction with the information sheet on Moral rights

Music Copyright and Publishing for Bands and Recording Artists

Composers, lyricists, 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. This information sheet explains music copyright and royalties, the role of collecting societies such as APRA/AMCOS and PPCA, and music publishing. Sample agreements that may be relevant include Music Recording agreements guide, Music Studio Recording Agreement for Unsigned Artists and Session Musician’s release

Musicians and composers: useful resources

This information sheet lists resources, including sample agreements, which musicians, composers, songwriters and bands may find useful. It includes a brief description of the different music copyright collecting societies including APRA|AMCOS and PPCA,  the resources available on the website of the Arts Law Centre of Australia and relevant national and state music organisations.

Performers’ rights

Actors, circus performers, musicians, dancers and other live performers may have performers’ rights in their performances. These rights include the right to control the recording and broadcast of live performances, limited copyright in certain sound recordings of live performances and moral rights. This information sheet provides an overview of performers’ rights and what constitutes infringement. These rights can be managed through contract, such as Performer’s Release, Session Musician’s Release and One-off Performance Partnership Deed.

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.

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.

Writers and authors: useful resources

This information sheet lists resources, including sample agreements, which authors, writers and illustrators may find useful. It includes a brief description of the different resources available on the websites of the Arts Law Centre of Australia, the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Writers’ Guild and the Australian Copyright Council.

 Articles
Author Beware!

Earlier this year Arts Law was contacted by a number of authors who wanted advice about their rights to royalties for sales of their books. Problems arose when the authors received letters from a new Australian publishing company, explaining that the first publishing house's business had been sold to the new company but without any obligation for the new company to continue paying royalties to the authors for sales of their books.

Camera rolling and… Action! Top 10 legal issues for filmmakers to consider

Filmmaking is a highly creative process involving the intense collaboration of a vast number of people in order for a production to be completed successfully, on budget and on time.  Before getting the show on the road, a number of legal issues have to be considered by the filmmakers.  As essential as a camera, these legal issues are key to the exploitability of the film and the protection of the filmmakers themselves.  

In this article, Arts Law outlines the Top 10 legal issues all filmmakers should contemplate prior to commencing the creative filmmaking process.

Copyright and the Digital Economy (ALRC Inquiry 2012-2013)

Digital technology provides creative opportunities as well as challenges for artists, rights holders and consumers of copyrighted material. The emergence of social networking sites, video sharing sites and the further evolution of search engines have resulted in what some commentators describe as Web 2.0. Those internet developments, and the roll out of the Australian National Broadband Network, highlight the importance of the digital economy and the potential for future opportunities and economic and cultural development through new digital technologies. Arts Law’s submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry is an opportunity to put forward the concerns of artists in light of any suggested amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act).

Copyright in the Digital Economy – Part 2: The submission of Arts Law to the ALRC Discussion Paper

The proposal to introduce a U.S. style ‘fair use’ exception to Australian copyright law produces a stark division between the supporters of an open-ended fair use exception and those of the opinion that the evolution of copyright exceptions in the digital environment should follow that path of narrowly defined fair dealing provisions.

Australian Law Reform Commission
Australian Law Reform Commission
Digital rights – American labels step up actions against online music companies

In the last year, a number of American-based online music businesses have taken advantage of new software, offering consumers faster access to streamed and downloaded music online. Two actions for copyright infringement have been brought against MP3.com, the most significant by RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) in relation to their new my.mp3.com account service which offers members two new means of music delivery.

From Pantsdown to Kenny – Satire still at Large!

Satire and comedy are important tools used by artists, writers, cartoonists, comedians and political commentators alike to express their views while (with a bit of luck) making us laugh! 

The recent case involving the ABC and political commentator, Chris Kenny, focussed our attention on the relationship between satire and defamation and whether or not the courts have a ‘sense of humour’ when it comes to satire and comedy that impact on a person’s reputation. 

This article sets out some of the key issues that should be considered when creating a humorous or satirical piece, to assist people in assessing any defamation risk.

I Like Your Style! Part I: copyright infringement or not?

Very often artworks of all kinds are based on or inspired by the work of other artists. Indeed some people think that there is no such thing as an entirely 'original' work and that all art owes a debt to the work that has gone before. At the same time people often invest a lot of time and effort into developing a distinctive style of work and often feel quite proprietorial about it. What protection does copyright offer these artists?

Meet the Lawyer: Harold Littler, McKays Solicitors, Brisbane

The Arts Law Centre of Australia would not be able to achieve its mission of advising artists and arts organisations on their legal rights and obligations without the assistance of the lawyers on its panel of volunteer lawyers. Those lawyers donate their time to carry out some of Arts Law’s essential tasks, such as the delivery of its document review service (DRS). One of those lawyers is Harold Littler, Senior Consultant at McKays Solicitors in Brisbane.

Money Matters: Selling and Licensing Part One

Alison Patchett provides an overview of two of the most common agreements that visual artists should use in managing their arts business.  This part addresses preliminary issues and a sale of artwork agreement.  Part two (to appear in the September edition of Art + Law) will consider they key common issues in an image reproduction licence

Moral Rights and Indigenous Communities

The Commonwealth Government has recently said it will introduce a Copyright Amendment (Indigenous Communal Moral Rights) Bill (ICMR Bill). Currently, there is no legal protection afforded to Indigenous communities to prevent unauthorised and derogatory treatment of works and films that draw on traditional customs or beliefs. Samantha Joseph and Erin Mackay explain the proposed amendments and Arts Law's response.

Musicians’ Copyright Royalties in the Face of a Changing Industry

Copyright is an essential part of making money in the music industry. By and large recordings have been the main source of copyright royalties, however in today's climate of declining record sales, and with digital sales still yet to truly prove themselves, are artists losing their main source of income? Or are other uses of music, such as in film, broadcasts and live performances, sufficient to fill the void? What about live concerts and the festival scene (which, in contrast to record sales, are thriving)? Here we will look at the different types of copyright that exist in music, and discuss how songwriters and other musicians can earn royalties from exploiting them. We will ask how these royalties are affected by a newly emerging music industry, one increasingly based around live performances rather than studio recordings.

Naming rights

Donald Richardson outlines his concerns as regards the failure of newspapers to comply with moral rights laws regarding the attribution of artists.

PPCA takes Radio Cap to the High Court

On Tuesday 10 May, the High Court of Australia heard an appeal from the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd (PPCA) against the current 1% cap on royalties payable by radio for the use of sound recordings. The PPCA hopes to remove the statutory cap that has had Australian artists subsidising the provision of content to the highly profitable commercial radio sector for over forty years.

Protecting the Sacred Wandjina: the Land and Environment Court goes to the Blue Mountains

In 2010, a gallery in the Blue Mountains in NSW erected a large sculpture featuring Wandjinas, the creation spirit sacred to the Worrora, Wunumbal and Ngarinyin Aboriginal tribes in Western Australia. Artists in the Black was contacted by both the people of the Katoomba area and Mowanjum Arts which represents artists from the three language groups who are the traditional custodians of the Wandjina law and sites of the Western Kimberley. The Dharug and Gundungurra Aboriginal people of the Blue Mountains area were mortified that this conduct was occurring on their traditional lands and felt embarrassed and responsible. All five groups were upset by the unauthorized and disrespectful appropriation of important cultural imagery. They contacted Artists in the Black.

Q&As for filmmakers

The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) regularly advises filmmakers on a wide range of legal issues affecting their arts practice, such as copyright, trade marks, or telling real stories. This is the first instalment of questions and answers that Arts Law lawyers deal with most often, either as part of the telephone legal advice or document review service they provide, or in the context of education seminars they deliver.

Rights for Performers

Performers' moral rights commenced in Australia on 26 July 2007. Deborah Doctor examines the law protecting performers' rights, the new performers' moral rights and the situations in which performers will co-own the copyright in sound recordings of their live performances.

Roadshow Films v iiNet - A Very Brief Summary

Some of our readers may have followed the Roadshow Films v iiNet case with interest, read about it in the papers, or tweeted about it. The Full Court agreed that iiNet was not liable for its users' copyright infringements via the BitTorrent file sharing network. However, it is clear from the appeal decision that the iiNet case will not be the last word on ISP responsibility for online copyright infringement.

Sculptures in public - protecting your work

Australian law has traditionally been fairly unhelpful when it comes to protecting sculptures. Until recently artists have had very little power to prevent their work from being subjected to ill treatment once sold. Sculptors who display their works permanently in public have also been powerless to stop others from commercialising their work.  Fortunately, there have been some positive steps of late to address these long-standing problems.

So you want to self-publish

It's been said that everyone has a book in them, and nowadays it seems that everyone can write and show that book to the world. Arts Law receives many enquiries from writers seeking more information about self-publishing, or who run into problems when they seek to self-publish their work. In this two-part series, we take a look at what it means to self-publish both in print and online, and give an overview of some of the main issues to think about when self-publishing.

The Grey Zone of Creation

So you have a great idea for a new book, play or film? But there’s only one potential hitch. You have drawn, in part or fully, on a major element of a previous published work – either a famous fictional character, plot or scene.

The Orphan Works Problem

A question often asked of Arts Law is whether it is all right for an artist to use a work, for example a photograph, when they can't get in contact with the original artist to ask permission. An upcoming copyright law review may be an opportunity to make it easier to use copyright material where the owner can't be identified or found.

The Rights Stuff

The issue of ownership, control over and remuneration from the product of one's labour has been one that performers have had to fight to defend since time immemorial. Over the years Australian performers have for the most part succeeded in this regard, collectively negotiating a significant number of rights through the agreements Equity have reached with producers.

WIPO’s capacity building tools for Indigenous cultural heritage

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is developing various capacity-building tools to guide indigenous communities as well as museums, archives and other cultural repositories in managing intellectual property (IP) issues when recording, digitising and disseminating intangible cultural heritage, especially 'traditional cultural expressions'. This article reports further on this ongoing work.

 Case Studies
Bede Tungutalum and “Owl Man”

Senior Tiwi artist Bede Tungutalum is a painter, carver and printmaker and one of the founders of Tiwi Designs the well known Indigenous screen printing business based on Bathurst Island. In 2004, he approached Artists in the Black after seeing prints of his limited edition linocut work "Owl Man" for sale on the internet and through galleries in Australia.

Ilbijerri Theatre Company – copyright ownership and contract

Ilbijerri Theatre Company in Victoria is the longest running Indigenous theatre company in Australia creating innovative contemporary works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Ilbijerri asked Artists in the Black to help clarify these issues in a way which recognized and protected the contributions of the workshop participants but also made sure that Ilbijerri had all of the rights it needed to stage a successful production for the public.

Jack Barrington’s wartime exploits published under licence. When is a release not a release?

Second World War veteran Jack Barrington approached Arts Law in August 2010. Jack was an air gunner flying Lancaster bombers from England with 460 Squadron RAAF. The Sydney Region Aircrew Group wanted to publish a book called ‘The Spirit of Aircrew’ that would feature stories of aircrew who participated in the War. They are a voluntary organization determined to ensure that the contributions made by their members are not forgotten.

Jilalga Murray-Ranui: Protecting your rights in a public work commission project

Jilalga Murray-Ranui is an Indigenous visual artist who is passionate about producing digital images, paintings, and smaller works of art inspired by the Pilbara landscape, people, animals and lifestyle

In July 2010, Jilalga was approached by Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) to create a large mural on a bridge.  The MAC and the Victorian Department of Transport had entered into an agreement in relation to the creation of a public art work and Jilalga had been retained by MAC to do this work. She was not a party to the agreement between MAC and the Victorian Department of Transport so she was concerned about how that agreement might affect her copyright and her moral rights. 

As an Indigenous artist, Jilalga receives a free subscription to Arts Law which she used to access Arts Law’s Document Review Service. Arts Law arranged for lawyers Jarod Benson and Jessica Karasinski of Minter Ellison to help Jilalga to understand the agreement.

 Jilalga says:

“For me the size of the contract and the wording was very daunting. Arts Law helped me understand it. And they helped me renegotiate parts where I felt uneasy or concerned. Another concern I had was distance between all parties. I lived in Perth, the Victorian Transport department was in Melbourne, Mungabareena was in Wodonga, and then Arts Law was in Sydney. I was worried for a little while about the distance - I felt like I was just one lone artist on the other side of Australia.  But it was reassuring that Arts Law made contact with some Perth lawyers to assist me. I felt good that I had local people on board to help me and that gave me a bit more confidence.”

Jilalga asked the Department of Transport and MAC to consider the amendments suggested by Jarod and Jessica. Those amendments were accepted and the contract was changed in a way that gave much greater protection to Jilalga.

The mural project http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2011/02/10/3135519.htm was unveiled in February 2011. Jilalga reflects on the process:

“Arts Law gives you the confidence to have your say by talking with you, then talking to the other party and negotiating on your behalf if and when you need it. By working with Arts Law, I felt reassured that my rights were worthy, and that my rights deserved to be heard and respected.

I enjoyed the process, all people involved worked positively together. I was so happy about the work I produced for the community, especially the Koorie community. The project was a success for the community, for the organisations involved, and for myself as a practising artist.”

This story demonstrates that it is important for artists to be aware of their rights and to be vigilant with agreements dealing with copyright of an artist, especially when the artist is not a party to the agreement. Artists should consider their moral rights (such as making sure they are named as the artist of the work) and should not be afraid to negotiate to protect their rights.

 

Further resources you might find useful:

-  Arts Law’s information sheets: Contracts: an introduction

-  Arts Law’s sample agreements: Public art: design and commission agreement

Lawrence Omeenyo licenses his image for Arts Law’s Christmas card

Artist Lawrence Omeenyo is a painter, sculptor and elder of the Lockhart River Community. He works through the Lockhart River Arts Centre. After Arts Law had worked with the Lockhart River Art Centre drafting wills for their artists, Arts Law decided to approach the art centre to see if it was possible to license one of the artist's images for Arts Law's 2010 Christmas card.

Northern Editions – who owns copyright in museum exhibits?

Northern Editions (http://www.northerneditions.com.au/) is a print-making workshop located at the Charles Darwin University in Darwin. Since 1993, Northern Editions has been collaborating with artists to produce limited edition fine art prints and conducting printmaking workshops on campus and in remote communities with artists from across the Top End, Central Australia, the Kimberley and Queensland.

Prisoners have copyright and moral rights too

Whilst in prison PV had participated in a rehabilitation program and had created a painting as part of this program. PV was asked to allow his painting to be hung in a recreation area of the prison. In return PV was to receive $120 worth of "buy-ups" at the prison shop. PV never received the "buy-ups".

Susan Schmidt: What can you do if your artwork is used without your permission?

Susan Schmidt is a Queensland-based fine-arts painter, graphic designer and award-winning illustrator. Her works have featured in numerous exhibitions within Australia and overseas, including the Chelsea International Fine Art Collective in New York in 2012 and Contemporary Istanbul in 2014. Susan approached Arts Law in 2014 after she saw one of her artworks reproduced on a book cover without her permission. Susan had created the artwork in question as a commission over twenty years previously and was very surprised to see it on a book cover in her local library.

Whitehouse Scores A Master Licensing Deal For its First Album

In June 2011, Arts Law was approached by Grant Saunders aka Sonic Nomad of Sydney band Whitehouse  http://whitehous.bandzoogle.com/fr_home.cfm

Formed in 2006 and boasting an Aboriginal frontline and a Sri-Lankan rhythm section, the band won the Indigenous Emerging Artists grant in 2010 and its self-funded debut album is due for release in late 2011.

 News & Events
Answers for Artists Seminar - Alice Springs

Arts Law will be hosting a general artists’ rights seminar in Alice Springs.

This seminar will deal with issues such as copyright, moral rights,
licensing and contracts, putting work online, the new PPSA legislation,
prizes and competitions!
 

DATE: Friday 17 May 2013

TIME: 9.30am-12pm

WHERE: 27 Hartley Street, Alice Springs, NT.

Answers for Artists Seminar - Darwin

Arts Law will be hosting a general artists’ rights seminar in Darwin.

This seminar will deal with issues such as copyright, moral rights,
licensing and contracts, putting work online, the new PPSA legislation,
prizes and competitions!
 

DATE: Monday 20 May 2013

TIME: 9am-11.30am

WHERE: Arts NT conference room, AXA Building, Level One, 9-11 Cavenagh Street, Darwin NT.

Answers for Artists: a Guide to Basic Legal Issues for Artists 2012 OUT NOW!

Arts Law's new 2012 publication Answers for Artists: a Guide to Basic Legal Issues for Artists has been released in English.

The original 2007 version is available in 2 bi-lingual versions, Chinese/English and Arabic/English.

This is a free resource.

Arts Law - Answers for Artists in Brisbane

Wednesday 24 October Forum – Arts Law Centre Australia

Join us at JWCoCA Fortitude Valley to hear about the latest information on copyright laws and other arts law issues.

  • Copyright –issues in digital environment
  • Resale royalties –how does it work?
  • Personal Property Securities Act – what do you need to do?
  • Prizes and competitions – the good and the bad
Arts Law responds to the ALRC Copyright Report

On 13 February 2014, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released its final report on Copyright in the Digital Economy.

Most controversially, the report recommends the introduction of fair use in Australia as a defence to copyright infringement replacing the current fair dealing exceptions.

Arts Law Reviews the Terms of Competitions Closing in March 2014

Prizes and competitions can be a great way for artists to gain recognition and promote themselves however, many people don’t read the fine print or understand what they are agreeing to by entering. Arts Law maintains an ongoing watch over the terms and conditions of prizes and competitions for artists in Australia and internationally. This month, we rate 19 competitions closing in March.

Auburn Artists Network

Auburn Artists Network invites you to attend a FREE guest presentation from Senior Solicitor Rebecca Laubi from the Arts Law Centre of Australia. The presentation will cover a number of legal topics relating to your practice as an artist. Legal topics include:

  • Copyright
  • Moral rigjts
  • Using copyright material belonging to others and allowing others to use your own copyright material
Australia’s Health 2012 Art Competition

Arts Law has recently become aware of a competition with some unfavourable terms and conditions for artist entrants, and would like to inform artists of the  consequences of these unfavourable terms and conditions so you can make a more informed decision about whether you wish to enter or not.

Copyright Moral Rights Seminar

Robyn Ayres, Director of Arts Law, is presenting a FREE interactive and online seminar on Copyright and Moral Rights for Artists.

When: Monday 2 September 7pm

Where: IMA Screening Room Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley

Copyright or wrong? Copyright basics for artists webinar

Free Webinar 11AM 21st May 2015

Do you create original artworks, text or songs? Do you ever use other’s material in your own or want to give permission to others to use yours? Come along to this introductory free copyright webinar in which we explain the basics of copyright protection. No prior copyright knowledge required, and we promise to break it into easy to chew bits!

Free Trade Agreement with the USA (USFTA)

Arts Law was a member of the Australian Coalition for Cultural Diversity (ACCD) and party to numerous submissions made by the ACCD on the USFTA.  Arts Law made a submission in April 2004 and gave evidence to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT).

New legal resources for game developers

Arts Law have recently developed a suite of legal resources specifically for game developers. All the legal issues are covered from conception through to development, production and distribution.  There are also sample agreements available including a loan agreement and music licence. 

System Upgrade

Dear Arts Law Supporters,

We are currently doing a system upgrade. As a result, over the next couple of weeks our ability to answer your query as quickly as usual will be affected. We endeavour to get back to our usual response time as soon as we can. Your patience during this period will be greatly appreciated.

The Big Picture - getting your rights right!

Arts Law understands that the legal issues involved in making a film are just as layered as the creative process needed to produce a film! This Arts Law seminar will inform you of the legal basics all film makers should know.

DATE: Thursday 16 May 2013

TIME: 4-6pm

WHERE: The Old Courthouse, Cnr Hartley and Parsons Streets (entry via Parsons Street), Alice Springs

Walking a Tightrope – Rights and Risks in the Performing Arts

Co-presented by the Arts Law Centre of Australia, Theatre Network Victoria, Ausdance Victoria and the Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association, with a presentation by senior solicitor Rebecca Laubi. Issues to be covered include copyright and moral rights, online distribution and OHS (insurances etc). There will be Q and A and a facilitated discussion with the attendees.

THE WORKSHOP IS FREE

Working with Indigenous Artists - Alice Springs

On Friday 5 October 2012, a workshop to help understand and implement best practice will be conducted

Do you work with Indigenous artists and creators or use their work in your resources, products, promotional material etc?

Arts Law will be conducting a workshop for people in Government, the educational sector, libraries, museums, galleries and other institutions whg with Indigenous creatives.

Working with Indigenous Artists - Victoria workshops

On Tuesday 2 October 2012, a workshop to help understand and implement best practice will be conducted

Do you work with Indigenous artists and creators or use their work in your resources, products, promotional material etc?

Arts Law will be conducting a workshop for people in Government, the educational sector, libraries, museums, galleries and other institutions whg with Indigenous creatives.

Wynne Prize

The Sydney Morning Herald and the Age both recently discussed the controversy arising around Melbourne artist Sam Leach's Proposal for Landscaped Cosmos, the winner of this years Wynne prize.

 Checklists
 Guides
 Seminar Papers
Photography and the Law (1996)

This paper provides a brief overview of legal issues that arise in relation to photography, with particular emphasis on copyright. It covers the legal issues that arise from the time a client asks for photographs to be taken, through the time when the photographer actually sets up a tripod or takes off the lens, to the time the resulting image is sold on or licensed.

 Books
Answers for Artists: a Guide to Basic Legal Issues for Artists

Arts Law's new 2012 publication Answers for Artists: a Guide to Basic Legal Issues for Artists has been released in English.

The original 2007 version is available in 2 bi-lingual versions, Chinese/English and Arabic/English.

This is a free resource.

Earning a Living in the Visual Arts and Crafts (3rd edition)

This must read for everyone involved in the visual arts and crafts includes new chapters on sponsorship, working from home, hobbyist vs professional and the role of design in serial production, while information on income tax, copyright, finance, marketing, selling, pricing and costing have been updated and expanded.

Visual Artists and the Law (eBook - PDF format)

A completely revised and updated third edition of Shane Simpson’s seminal book, The Visual Artist and the Law.

Visual Artists and the Law - EPUB format

The EPUB versions of the Visual Artists and the Law eBOOK. 

Here you can download the EPUB versions of publication Visual Artists and the Law.

To go back to the PDF versions click here

Visual Artists and the Law - MOBI format

Here you can download the MOBI versions of publication Visual Artists and the Law.

To go back to the PDF versions click here

X Festival: Do It Yourself Gigs book

X Festival: Do It Yourself Gigs is a comprehensive guide for anyone interested in staging their own arts and performance‐based events.

 Other Organisations
Screenrights

Screenrights is a rights management and royalty collection service for rights holders in film and television. It administers statutory licences that allow educational institutions (school, TAFE or university) and governments to copy material from radio and television.