Submission: City of Sydney’s Proposed Changes to Busking in Sydney
30th November 2018

Last month, the Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) had the opportunity to comment on the City of Sydney’s proposed changes to its Busking Policy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Practice Policy and Protocols. The submissions are currently being reviewed by the City of Sydney which will report back with the key outcomes.

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Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award 2018 Review
11th September 2018

We have reviewed the terms and conditions of the Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award 2018 in the Northern Territory.

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City of Busselton Art Award 2018 Review
13th August 2018

We have reviewed the terms and conditions of the City of Busselton Art Award 2018 in Western Australia.

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2018 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award Review
10th August 2018

We have reviewed the terms and conditions of the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award out of Queensland.

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Submission: Select Committee on Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century
6th August 2018

Arts Law welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century Senate Select Committee’s Terms of Reference.

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University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize Review
6th June 2018

We have reviewed the terms and conditions of the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize in the Australian Capital Territory.

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2018 Artology Fanfare Competition Review
8th May 2018

We have reviewed the terms and conditions of the Artology's 2018 Fanfare Competition in New South Wales.

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2018 Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart Competition Review
18th April 2018

This month, Arts Law has reviewed the terms and conditions of the 2018 Hadley's Art Prize, Hobart in Tasmania.

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2018 Betta Milk Burnie Wearable Paper Art Competition Review
26th February 2018

This month, Arts Law has reviewed the terms and conditions of the 2018 Betta Milk Burnie Wearable Paper Art Competition in Tasmania.

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Submission: Electoral Legislation Amendment Bill
19th February 2018

The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) welcomes the opportunity to provide comment on the Electoral Legislation AMendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill currently being considered by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters.

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2018 National NAIDOC Poster Competition Review
24th January 2018

This month Arts Law has reviewed the terms and conditions of the 2018 National NAIDOC Poster Competition

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Australian Book Review’s 2018 Calibre Essay Prize Gets it ‘Write’
19th December 2017

This month Arts Law has reviewed the Australian Book Review’s 2018 Calibre Essay Prize.

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The Law Council of Australia’s Justice Project: Arts Law’s Submission
22nd November 2017

Arts Law welcomed the opportunity to submit a response to the Law Council of Australia's Justice Project consultation paper.

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Fake Art Harms Culture: Arts Law’s Submission to the House of Representatives Inquiry
13th November 2017

The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the discussion on the growing presence of inauthentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘style’ art and craft products and merchandise for sale across Australia. In essence, our submission is that a prohibition on the sale of inauthentic products at all levels of the supply chain is the easiest and most efficient approach to address the problem.

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Fake Art Harms Culture Campaign: inauthentic art inquiry
19th September 2017

Arts Law launched the Fake Art Harms Culture campaign in 2016, along with the Indigenous Art Code and the Copyright Agency. The campaign aims to stop the sale of inauthentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander products and merchandise in Australia, as it harms culture, an income stream for artists and consumers.

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Recognising Artists in prison: a review of the law and policy in Australia* (Position Paper)
21st August 2017

In this paper, Arts Law outlines the different legislative and policy positions between the states in an attempt to educate and foster change. Prisoners have rights too.

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Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities - Discussion Paper Arts Law Submission
7th August 2017

On 15 June 2017 the Treasury released a consultation paper to consider possible reforms to the Deductible Gift Recipient (‘DGR’) tax arrangements. The Arts Law Centre of Australia provides this letter by way of response to the request for submissions and comments on the proposal.

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Logo Design Competition Not So Friendly to Artists
1st August 2017

We have reviewed the Commission for Children and Young People SA Logo Design Competition 2017. The competition received a 1 star review.

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Media Release: Fake Art Harms Culture - what action is Government taking?
11th July 2017

We will be at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair calling on Government to respond to Federal MP Bob Katter's proposed bill to stop the fakes.

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Law Society of New South Wales’ “Just Art” competition, but no justice for artists?
29th June 2017

In June 2017 Arts Law has reviewed The Law Society of New South Wales’ “Just Art” competition.  

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US fair use system not so fair - Letter to the Editor, The Saturday Paper 17 June 2017
19th June 2017

This Letter to the Editor was published in June 17 217 edition of The Saturday Paper in response to the article Artistic Licence by Patricia Aufderheide.

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Chanel Should Apologise for ‘Boomerang’
19th May 2017

The Arts Law Centre of Australia and the Indigenous Art Code contacted Chanel to request an apology to Indigenous communities over their ‘boomerang’ product that was recently circulating on social media.

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Submission in Response to Final Report from the Productivity Commission into IP Arrangements
20th February 2017

Arts Law recently lodged our submission to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in response to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Intellectual Property Arrangements Final Report.

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Media Release: A Step Forward to Stop the Fakes
13th February 2017

The Arts Law Centre of Australia, the Indigenous Art Code and Copyright Agency | Viscopy welcomed the proposed introduction of legislation to end the practice of the production and sale of art products and merchandise which misappropriates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture.The Arts Law Centre of Australia, the Indigenous Art Code and Copyright Agency | Viscopy today welcomed the proposed introduction of legislation to end the practice of the production and sale of art products and merchandise which misappropriates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture.

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Licensing of Indigenous Artwork Benefits the Artists
9th February 2017

A great example of merchandise which has been designed with Aboriginal artists and produced overseas is the product developed in partnership with Warlukurlangu Artists’.

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2017 National NAIDOC Poster Competition
9th February 2017

This month Arts Law has looked at the terms and conditions of the 2017 National NAIDOC Poster Competition

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Bob Katter MP Takes Fake Art Harms Culture to Parliament
30th January 2017

Bob Katter, federal member for Kennedy in Queensland, has thrown his support behind and the campaign to stop fake Indigenous art being sold in Australia.

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Arts Law’s Submission to the Inquiry into Freedom of speech in Australia
9th December 2016

We've put our submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights in relation to the committee’s inquiry into freedom of speech in Australia, outlining our view that current laws are adequately protecting artists.

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Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Aboriginal Artwork Competition 2016 Review
11th October 2016

Review of Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Aboriginal Artwork Competition 2016. The deadline for this competition is 14 October 2016.

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Arts Law at the Homeground Arts Markets
7th October 2016

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.

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Tort of Privacy in NSW? Not This Time…
22nd September 2016

The NSW Government has responded to a recommendation for a tort of privacy from the Legislative Council Standing Committee on law and Justice.

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Fake Art Harms Culture Campaign - Launched at Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2016
5th August 2016

The Arts Law Centre of Australia, the Indigenous Art Code and Copyright Agency | Viscopy are at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair calling for the Government to tackle the problem of fake ‘Indigenous’ arts and craft being sold in Australia, harming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and incomes.

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GraysOnline Art Prize - Updated Review
25th July 2016

Arts Law's Review of the GraysOnline Art Prize.

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Wills and Intestacy Kits and Workshops for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists
20th July 2016

Arts Law's resources for artists looking for instructions on what to do when an artist passes away with or without leaving a will.

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Arts Law submission to Productivity Commission Draft Report - 3 June 2016
6th June 2016

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.

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New research involving private art businesses - take part
5th May 2016

Deloitte Access Economics are produceing a report on the cultural and economic value of Indigenous visual arts.

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Media Release: Arts Law sees no vision for the arts in 2016-2017 Budget
4th May 2016

The 2016-2017 Budget shows no vision for the arts or its role in relation to jobs, growth and innovation – the PM’s key themes. 

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Clique Photography Competition Review
28th April 2016

Arts Law's review of the Clique Photography Association's competitions.

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Inquiry into remedies for the serious invasion of privacy in NSW Report 2016
4th April 2016

People in NSW may soon be able to sue for serious invasions of privacy, after a report from the legislative Standing Committee on Law and Justice recommended a statutory cause of action be introduced.

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Submission on the Intellectual Property Arrangements - Productivity Commission Issues Paper Oct 2015
8th February 2016

The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) is pleased to comment on the Productivity Commission Issues Paper.

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Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition
4th February 2016

The Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition receives 3 stars from Arts Law.

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Cowley Literary Award
12th August 2015

The Cowley Literary Award receives 3 stars from Arts Law.

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My Story My Content Short Film Competition
12th August 2015

The My Story My Content Short Film Competition receives 3 stars from Arts Law.

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Linden Postcard Show
11th August 2015

The Linden Postcard Show has achieved a good rating - 4 stars!

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Collision
6th August 2015

Collision competition receives 2 stars from Arts Law.

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The Kirra Galleries Emerging and New Artist Award 2015
5th August 2015

Kirra Galleries Emerging and New Artist Award 2015 receives 2 stars.

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Eutick Memorial Still Life Award
5th August 2015

The Eutick Memorial Still Life Award receives 3 stars from Arts Law.

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August 2015 Competitions checked by Arts Law
31st July 2015

Each month Arts Law reviews a number of competitions for their terms and conditions dealing with copyright and moral rights, and rates those terms and conditions out of 5 stars.

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Tax Tips for Arts Organisations- Hobart
21st July 2015

Arts Law is teaming up with Creative Partnerships Australia and the Australian Taxation Office to present a free workshop to provide managers and staff of arts organisations with essential tips and advice on taxation law.

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Artists in the Black Coordinator, Jacqueline Cornforth, attends WIPO
7th July 2015

Artists in the Black Coordinator Jacqueline Cornforth recently attended a meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

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Senate Inquiry into federal budget decisions affecting the Arts
2nd July 2015

On 16 June 2015, the Senate announced the Legal and Constitution Affairs References Committee would review the impact of the recent federal budget decisions affecting the Arts, including the suitability and appropriateness of establishing the National Programme for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA) to be administered by the Ministry for the Arts. 

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July 2015 competitions checked by Arts Law
24th June 2015

Each month Arts Law reviews a number of competitions for their terms and conditions dealing with copyright and moral rights, and rates those terms and conditions out of 5 stars.

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Senate Committee releases its report on the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015
12th June 2015

The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs released its report on the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 recommending that the law be passed with some amendments. 

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June 2015 competitions checked by Arts Law
3rd June 2015

Each month Arts Law reviews a number of competitions for their terms and conditions dealing with copyright and moral rights, and rates those terms and conditions out of 5 stars. As such, it is a limited review and not a broad review of all terms and conditions including the prize. Entrants should always weigh up Arts Law’s ratings against the prize and possible profile raising which may result from being a finalist or winner; it may be that a competition with a low star rating awards a wonderful prize! Artists are welcome to contact Arts Law for legal advice on the terms of a competition. We also invite competition organisers to contact Arts Law for best practice assistance on making their terms and conditions fairer for artists.

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ACIP releases Final Report on Review of Designs System
8th May 2015

On 7 May 2015, the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property released to the public the Final Report for its Review of the Australian Designs System.

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Prizes & Competitions Star-rating System
1st May 2015

Arts Law maintains an ongoing watch of prizes and competitions for artists in Australia and internationally, for their terms and conditions dealing with copyright and moral rights. Arts Law rates those terms and conditions out of 5 stars.

If a Prize or Competition would like Arts Law to review its terms for fairness to artists and provide best practice advise concerning amendments to those terms, please email [email protected].au

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A recap on the latest online copyright infringement news
29th April 2015

 Dallas Buyers Club wins landmark piracy case, ISP Code of Conduct and the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill

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May competitions checked by Arts Law
29th April 2015

Each month Arts Law reviews a number of competitions for their terms and conditions dealing with copyright and moral rights, and rates those terms and conditions out of 5 stars. As such, it is a limited review and not a broad review of all terms and conditions including the prize. Entrants should always weigh up Arts Law’s ratings against the prize and possible profile raising which may result from being a finalist or winner; it may be that a competition with a low star rating awards a wonderful prize! Artists are welcome to contact Arts Law for legal advice on the terms of a competition. We also invite competition organisers to contact Arts Law for best practice assistance on making their terms and conditions fairer for artists.

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Arts Law supports the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015
22nd April 2015

Arts Law supports the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 as it allows copyright owners to block access to online locations that engage in the flagrant infringement of copyright. The Bill balances the interests of the copyright owners, ISPs and operators of the online location as the impact of an injunction on each stakeholder will be taken into account before the Court makes a decision to block access to an online location.

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Needham Religious Art Prize 2015
7th April 2015

The Arts Law checked the terms of the Needham Religious Art Prize 2015.

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Nillumbik Prize 2015
7th April 2015

Arts Law checked the terms for the Nillumbik Prize 2015.

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Hunters Hill Art Exhibition
7th April 2015

Arts Law checked the terms for the Hunters Hill Art Exhibition. 

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Bankwest Art Prize 2015
7th April 2015

Arts Law checked the terms for the Bankwest Art Prize 2015.

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Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award 2015
7th April 2015

Arts Law checked the terms for the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award 2015.

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NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2015
7th April 2015

Arts Law checked the terms of the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2015.

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NOW Shoalhaven Contemporary Art Prize
7th April 2015

Arts Law has checked the terms of the NOW Shoalhaven Contemporary Art Prize.

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ISP Industry Code to combat online copyright infringement
27th March 2015

In December 2014, the Federal Government tasked internet services providers with drafting an industry code to aid the fight against online copyright infringement by users. Arts Law recently made a submission to the Communications Alliance Ltd on the draft ISP Copyright Notice Scheme Industry Code.

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Arts Law comments on Native Title Act review
13th March 2015

Arts Law recently made a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) review of the Native Title Act 1993.

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Traditional Rights and Freedoms Inquiry
13th March 2015

Arts Law supports artists' freedom of expression - read our submission to the ALRC Freedoms Inquiry
 

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About Designs Law
3rd March 2015

The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) was recently tasked with conducting a review of the workability of the Australian registered designs system under the Designs Act 2003 (Cth) (Designs Act) and determining what improvements are required. Arts Law has been active in responding to the ACIP inquiry, focusing on the need to improve the confusing and outdated copyright/design overlap provisions in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and the Designs Act which, among other things, allow for copyright protection to be lost if an artistic work is reproduced on an industrial scale. Arts Law believes the overlap provisions result in artists being unable to fully exploit their work without running the risk of having their work freely copied and reproduced by others. 

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About Agency & Management
3rd March 2015

Arts Law is a strong advocate for the better treatment of artists and performers working in the Australian entertainment industry, particularly through the regulation of those acting as agents in that industry. Arts Law recognises that artists are often in a weak bargaining position, reluctant to take legal action and disadvantaged by a conflict of interest arising when their representative acts both for them and for a venue. Arts Law advocates greater protection for artists through reforms to the legislation regulating the entertainment industry. Such reforms include maximum agent fees, use of trust accounts, disbursement of money within fourteen days, improved record keeping and provision of financial statements, expansion of contract and information requirements and improved dispute resolution mechanisms.

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Great Southern Art Award
1st March 2015

The Great Southern Art Award receives 2 stars from Arts Law.

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March competitions checked by Arts Law
24th February 2015

Arts Law has reviewed and rated the terms and conditions of 15 competitions closing in March 2015.

These ratings are based on a review of the terms and conditions which relate to the entrant’s copyright and moral rights. Read more about the rating system here.

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Port Stephens Art Prize 2015
18th February 2015

The Port Stephens Art Prize receives 2 stars from Arts Law.

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Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize - 5 stars
10th February 2015

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize 2015 received an outstanding 5 / 5 stars for fairness to artists! 

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Mandjar Art Awards 2015
3rd February 2015

The Mandjar Art Awards 2015 receives 2 stars from Arts Law.

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Arts Law supports revising Copyright/Design Overlap Provisions – Response to ACIP Designs Review
2nd February 2015

On 22 January 2015, Arts Law submitted its response to the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property’s (ACIP) Review of the Designs System Options Paper

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Competitions checked in February by Arts Law
1st February 2015

Arts Law has checked the terms of 7 competitions closing in February 2015 and rated each of them out of 5 stars. 

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Arts Law checks the terms of competitions closing in January 2015
20th December 2014

Arts Law has reviewed and rated the terms and conditions of 11 competitions closing in January 2015.

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Review of Australian Designs System - Options Paper Released
5th December 2014

On 4 December 2014, the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) released an options paper concerning the review of the Australian Designs System. The registered designs system in Australia is concerned with protecting the visual appearance of a manufactured product and has not been reviewed since the commencement of the Designs Act in 2003. 

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December competitions checked by Arts Law
1st December 2014

Arts Law has checked the terms of 3 competitions closing in December 2014 and rated each of them out of 5 stars. 

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Arts Law Reviews the Terms of Competitions Closing in November 2014
18th November 2014

Arts Law has rated the terms and conditions of 7 competitions closing in November 2014 out of 5 stars. These ratings are based on a review of the terms and conditions which relate to the entrant’s copyright and moral rights. Read more about the rating system here.

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October competitions checked by Arts Law
30th September 2014

Arts Law has checked the terms of 11 competitions closing in October 2014 and rated each of them out of 5 stars.

These ratings are based on a review of the terms and conditions which relate to the entrant’s copyright and moral rights. Read more about the rating system here.

By accepting the terms and conditions of a competition, artists should be aware that they are entering a legally binding contract. For more information on competition conditions see our free information sheet here.

We also invite competition organisers to contact Arts Law for best practice assistance on making their terms and conditions fairer for artists.

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Read Arts Law’s response to the Online Copyright Infringement discussion paper
19th September 2014

Read Arts Law's response to the Attorney-General's Online Copyright Infringement discussion paper.

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Could Australia have a right to privacy in future? Watch this space!
18th September 2014

Could Australia have a right to privacy in future? Watch this space!

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Arts Law Reviews the Terms of Competitions Closing in September 2014
9th September 2014

Arts Law has rated the terms and conditions of 16 competitions closing in September 2014 out of 5 stars. These ratings are based on a review of the terms and conditions which relate to the entrant’s copyright and moral rights. 

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Classification Amendment Bill passes the Senate
28th August 2014

Earlier this afternoon (28 August 2014) the first stage of reforms to the National Classification System passed the Senate.

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The 2014 John Fries Award Exhibition is on from 12 August – 6 September 2013
4th August 2014

In May 2014, Arts Law rated the John Fries Award an outstanding 4 / 5 stars for fairness to artists. 

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August competitions checked by Arts Law
1st August 2014

Arts Law has checked the terms and conditions of 16 competitions closing in August 2014

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July competitions reviewed by Arts Law
9th July 2014

Art prizes and competitions can be a fantastic way for artists to build their reputation and earn income but do you know what rights you might be giving up simply by entering? Arts Law rates prizes and competitions closing in July out of 5 stars for fairness to artists.

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June competitions checked by Arts Law
4th June 2014

Arts Law has checked the terms and conditions of 14 competitions closing in June 2014.

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Arts Law responds to Serious Invasions of Privacy Discussion Paper
27th May 2014

Arts Law recently responded to the ALRC's Serious Invasions of Privacy Discussion Paper.

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JUST ABOUT HERE - first stage of reforms to National Classification System
27th May 2014

The first stage of reforms to the National Classification System is finally here (just about)!

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ATOM Awards gets 5/5 stars for fairness to artists!
26th May 2014

ATOM Awards gets 5/5 stars for fairness to artists!

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Protecting Aboriginal Cultural Heritage: proposed reform in NSW
8th May 2014

Arts Law makes a submission in response to the NSW Government's model for stand-alone Aboriginal Cultural Heritage legislation.

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May competitions checked by Arts Law
30th April 2014

Art prizes and competitions can be a fantastic way for artists to build their reputation and earn income but do you know what rights you might be giving up simply by entering? Arts Law rates prizes and competitions closing in May out of 5 stars for fairness to artists. 

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Urban Sculpture competition gets top marks
17th April 2014

Arts Law would like to CONGRATULATE the Melbourne Prize Trust on the terms of the 2014 Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture which has received a fantastic 5 / 5 stars for fairness to artists!

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Copyright for designers - why do they miss out?
10th April 2014

Arts Law discusses the need for review of the Australian system of protection for designs in the Jan/Feb edition of the LexisNexis Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin.

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ALRC Serious Invasions of Privacy Discussion Paper released
10th April 2014

On 31 March 2014, the ALRC released a Discussion Paper for the Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era inquiry. The closing date for submissions is Monday 12 May 2014.

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Arts Law responds to the ALRC Copyright Report
9th April 2014

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.

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