IP Australia have released the final report of the Scoping Study on Stand-Alone Legislation for Indigenous Knowledge; to which Arts Law, Copyright Agency and Indigenous Art Code wrote a submission late last year.
“Inauthentic arts and crafts … disrespect and misrepresent culture and, by misleading consumers and denting confidence in the market, they deprive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists of income.” This is one of the major findings from a new draft report by the Productivity Commission on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts and crafts. … Continued
Arts Law has made a submission to the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA), who are currently seeking input on the design of a new ‘Remote Engagement Program’ to replace the existing Community Development Program (CDP) in remote communities. The CDP is a program in which job seekers in remote Australia were required to participate in minimum hours … Continued
Indigenous Cultural Heritage Laws: update on Juukan Gorge Inquiry and Arts Law’s Response to the Western Australia Bill As part of the law and policy reform work Arts Law does to advocate for better legal conditions for artists, we have been lobbying Government to better protect Indigenous cultural heritage. This area of law can be … Continued
Arts Law is pleased to share the recent launch by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) of the WIPO Photography Prize for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Youth 2021-2022. Arts Law was thrilled when WIPO invited us to participate as a member of its Advisory Board and to help draft the Rules of this Prize. … Continued
Arts Law is in the process of putting together a submission as part of IP Australia’s public consultation on proposed changes to Australia’s Intellectual Property system to create opportunities and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. The aim of the project is to “enhance the intellectual property system to help enable Aboriginal … Continued
Arts Law has recently had the opportunity to make a submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications in response to their inquiry in to the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Prevention of Exploitation of Indigenous Cultural Expressions) Bill 2019 (the 2019 Bill).The submission was made on behalf of the Arts Law Centre of … Continued
Arts Law CEO, Robyn Ayres, and King & Wood Mallesons pro bono lawyers, John Swinson and Karen Litherland travelled to remote Northern Territory earlier this month to visit three First Nations art centres.
Visiting the art centres of Jilamara and Munupi on Melville Island and Bula’bula Arts in Ramingining, Arnhem Land, Robyn, John and Karen worked with local artists and art centre managers to assist with contracts, draft wills and deliver education workshops.
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.
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.