Law and Policy Reform

Arts Law aims to provide targeted, quality advocacy on law and policy reform for the benefit of the creative sector. This is done through:

  1. identification and prioritisation of legal issues affecting the arts community;
  2. research and making of submissions; 
  3. development of relationships with the government, media, arts sector and other relevant bodies; and
  4. lobbying to influence the decision making of government and other bodies.

Arts Law’s advocacy work is informed through being unique in the service we provide, straddling the worlds of both art and law and representing a large group of Australian artists.  In undertaking advocacy on law and policy reform, Arts Law’s goal is to increase the rights afforded to artists and promote their ability to access those rights. Information and submissions concerning Arts Law’s advocacy work in relation to specific issues can be found in the Category listings. 

Recent advocacy projects:

Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2020

Arts Law reviewed this art prize last year and gave it a 4 out of 5. At the time the competition organiser indicated that they were going to look at improving the terms for this year. We are pleased to see that the organiser has made some positive changes to the terms to make them more artist friendly.

Submission: Review of model defamation provisions

Defamation law is one of the many legal areas that Arts Law advises on. Arts Law primarily provides pre-publication advice however also assists in the pre-litigation process through the review or drafting of correspondence between parties. Arts Law makes this submission on behalf of our broad client base .

Head On photo awards 2020

Overall, the terms around copyright are artist friendly. The terms include a positive statement that copyright in the photographs is retained by the photographer.

2020 FUSE Glass Prize

Congratulations to JamFactory for excellent copyright terms. They reflect a respectful and fair treatment of artists and their rights.

Stanthorpe Art Prize 2020

Arts Law made suggestions to the competition organiser to make this competition’s terms and conditions more artist friendly, and we are delighted that it took on board our suggestions.

John Leslie Art Prize

Well done to the Gallery for having a generous first prize and dealing fairly with copyright and moral rights

The Collie Art Prize 2020

The Gallery explained that due to the time of year and staffing, it could not make any adjustments to the terms and conditions this year but has indicated that it will be engaging with Arts Law to improve the terms of its future competitions.

REVIEW: Women’s Art Prize Tasmania 2020

About Arts Law regularly reviews the terms and conditions of competitions and rates them out of five stars. Our review looks broadly at the terms and conditions of a competition. In particular, we look closely at how a competition deals with an entrant’s copyright and moral rights, and consider this in light of the prize. … Continued

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