News from May 2012
 
National Law Week 14 - 20 May 2012
15th May 2012

National Law Week 14 - 20 May 2012

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NCPIC’s new terms and conditions 10 May 2012
10th May 2012

The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) has now released a new set of terms and conditions for the 2012 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Competition following feedback from Arts Law. Arts Law had contacted the NCPIC to discuss some changes which they could implement to make these terms and conditions more fair for the entrants. The NCPIC have made a number of these recommended changes. Importantly, the terms and conditions now do not require that non winning or finalist entries give up any of their rights in the songs they submit. If you are considering entering the competition and would like advice about the terms and conditions before you do so, please get in touch with Arts Law to use our document review service.

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Performers Rights to be examined at WIPO
4th May 2012

Australia will be attending the WIPO Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances to be held in Beijing in June this year.

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Release of Convergence Review Final Report
1st May 2012

On 30 April 2012, the Australian Government released the Convergence Review Final Report. The report sets out the Convergence Review Committee’s vision for fundamental change to the regulatory framework of Australia’s digital economy, and identifies key areas for reform.

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The National Cultural Policy Postponed!
9th May 2012

The National Cultural Policy Postponed!

It’s nearly 20 years since the release of Paul Keating’s “Creative Nation” and the art sector had hoped that the Federal Government was releasing its new strategic vision for the arts with the Budget. It wasn’t. Apparently, as the Age reported last week, current fiscal constraints are such that  “there are no spare funds to allocate to a new arts policy” at the moment.  However, Arts Minister Simon Crean has assured the arts sector that the Policy will be finalised later this year and will take into account the findings of the recent Convergence Review and the forthcoming review of the Australia Council. Arts Law is a member of lobby group ArtsPeak which has made submissions on the draft policy.

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WA Music Industry Association WAM Song of the Year Competition
9th May 2012

Arts Law Congratulates the WA Music Industry Association on the WAM Song of the Year Competition

Arts Law often contacts the sponsors of arts prizes and competitions urging them to amend their terms and conditions so that they are fairer to entrants and don’t result in a ‘rights grab’ from artists who don’t end up winning anything. We didn’t have to do anything when we looked at the WAM Song of the Year competition terms. It doesn’t take any more from the musicians entering the competition than it needs to. We couldn’t find anything unfair hidden in the small print. Rights are licensed only by the  category nominees who allow their songs to be posted online for public voting and category winners whose songs may be included on the compilation CD. Unsuccessful entrants don’t give up any copyright- not even a licence. Well done WA Music!!

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