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.

‘Hearts for Arts Law’ Committee launches

As a not for profit organisation, Arts Law relies on receiving funding from sponsors and donations from the public. The Hearts for Arts Law committee was established in 2013 by a group of young lawyers to raise awareness and support the Arts Law Centre of Australia and its mission.

Arts Law Comments on ALRC Inquiry into Serious Invasions of Privacy in Digital Era

Arts Law recently made a submission in response to the Law Reform Commission’s inquiry on privacyto ensure the rights of artists are not overlooked. As a society we are reliant on the records and stories captured by artists to understand and connect to our past and present.  Without these, our ability to tell our nation’s stories could be irreparably eroded. 

Rebranding For Writers: An Analysis of the Use of Pseudonyms

A single tweet on 9 July 2013 by a friend of a partner at a UK law firm to a newspaper journalist unveiled Robert Galbraith to be the latest pseudonym of Joanna Rowling, better known under her pseudonym JK Rowling. As a result of this unfortunate series of events, the use of pseudonyms became headline news. This article looks at the reasons for the use of pseudonyms and some of the legal consequences to be mindful of.

Rebuilding Australia’s National Classification Scheme for the Digital Economy

How is a computer game classified as G, PG, M, MA15+ or R18+ in Australia? Why doesn’t Apple’s App Store use Australia’s classification scheme? This article will outline how the current classification scheme works in Australia and will explore how the current scheme is failing to operate effectively in a digital environment.

Internet Radio: A New Money Stream for Musicians?

The High Court of Australia has agreed with the Full Federal Court’s decision earlier this year that commercial radio stations must pay licence fees in order to stream recorded music on internet simulcasts.

Let’s Get Dig-i-tal, Dig-i-tal: A Guide to Selling Your Music Online

Traditionally music has been sold and distributed in hardcopy formats such as vinyl, tapes and CDs. However today, these formats are almost completely obsolete. The development of the internet together with modern devices such as mp3 players and smart phones has vastly changed the way music is consumed. Music is now streamed, sold and distributed almost entirely online in softcopy format e.g. mp3, WAV, AIFF

Performers Taking It to the Streets

Street performers or buskers have existed all over the world since ancient times delivering accessible entertainment to the masses. It is an opportunity for undiscovered talent and the fearless and creative artisans of theatre to strut their stuff for a coin in the hat. However, a hat is not the only consideration for a street performer.