The Arts Law Centre is a leading advocate for Indigenous artists. Its Artists in the Black service engages in advocacy and casework and has resulted in widespread benefits within the Indigenous art community with the aim of promoting Australian Indigenous art and ensuring copyright and other rights are upheld. Arts Law has advocated for better protection of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) through its participation at WIPO conferences and ongoing submissions to the Federal government to enact legislative reform on this issue. Arts Law actively participated in the deliberations which lead to the introduction of The Indigenous Art Code recognising that Indigenous visual artists from remote and regional areas are often substantially disadvantaged in commercial negotiations. It has developed best practice standards for businesses and public bodies dealing with Indigenous artists which are promoted through its sample agreements, best practice document review service and educational workshops.
Fake Art Harms Culture, and we're taking our campaign to the Sydney Opera House as part of the Homeground Arts Markets on October 8 and 9.
Arts law is particularly concerned by some of the proposals in the draft report. The undervaluation of artists' contributions and the lack of consideration of Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property issues, the suggestion that the optimal copyright term is 15 to 25 years after creation, the proposal to remove parallel import restrictions for books and the fair use provisions proposed in the draft report. You can read our full submission here.
The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) is pleased to comment on the Productivity Commission Issues Paper.
Artists in the Black Coordinator Jacqueline Cornforth recently attended a meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.
Arts Law recently made a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) review of the Native Title Act 1993.
Arts Law makes a submission in response to the NSW Government's model for stand-alone Aboriginal Cultural Heritage legislation.
Great news! The repeal of unfair WA intestacy laws came into full effect on Wednesday 7 August 2013.