Arts Law lobbies for mandatory Art Code

Arts Law is a passionate supporter of the Indigenous Australian Art Code of Commercial Conduct (Art Code) which was introduced in 2010. Today, Arts Law showed its continued support of the Art Code by lobbying the Federal Government to make the Art Code mandatory.

WA Government repeals unfair intestacy laws

An advocacy victory for Arts Law and Aboriginal people in WA was achieved on 8 November 2012 with both Houses of Parliament passing a Bill to repeal unfair intestacy laws.

New Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage laws drafted

On 2 November 2012 Tasmanian Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister Brian Wightman released the exposure draft of the Aboriginal Heritage Protection Bill 2012 for public comment.

About Indigenous Cultural & Intellectual Property

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.

Read Arts Law’s Cultural policy submission

Read Indigenous Intellectual Property Information Sheet

Read The World Intellectual Property Organisation