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 Info Sheets 66 Results SEE ALL
Copyright Collecting Societies

Collecting societies collect royalties on behalf of their members. Members are artists, authors, musicians and other owners of copyright in works (such as lyrics, visual art and literature) or other copyright material (such as sound recordings, films, and television broadcasts).

Social Media for Artists

The Internet provides artists with a platform to access a worldwide audience for their work. Social media, in particular, is a ready-made do-it-yourself mechanism for distributing, promoting, exhibiting and even selling creative content whether music, visual art, film, literature or other multi-platform art forms. This information sheet addresses the legal…


Copyright provides a way for artists to protect and monetise their creativity. Knowing how to license copyright and earn a royalty gives artists a way to make money from their work. This information sheet will introduce you to some of the copyright basics.

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Volunteer Consent Form

It is very important to have an agreement in writing when engaging volunteers. This is due to the nature of the work and given it is an unpaid arrangement it ensures that the volunteer agrees to this. This template is in the form of a ‘deed’ rather than an ‘agreement’.…

Workshop Participation Deed

This sample WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION DEED should be used when a person takes part in a workshop in which they will create copyright material, for example by writing text, composing music, creating new dance movement or coming up with new lines for a play, and possibly performs the material created. The…

Debt recovery - Letter of Demand

If you are owed money and it hasn't been paid, the first step is to send a letter of demand. This is a template which you can adapt. It is free for Arts Law for subscribers.

 Checklists & Guides 2 Results
Sponsorship agreements guide

Corporate sponsorship is assuming an increasingly important role in the arts. This guide outlines the different forms of sponsorship that an artist or arts organisation may need to seek from a commercial organisation and what should be included in a sponsorship agreement.

Business partnership checklist

This resource includes information on partnerships, including key issues to be considered within a partnership agreement, and a checklist for business partnerships.

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Spotlight on Law Reform
31st March 2011

As part of our advocacy agenda this year Arts Law has researched, made submissions and contributed to the debate on the following topics: Inquiry into the Australian film & literature classification scheme; National Human Rights Action Plan for Australia; and Tasmania's proposed model for a Human Rights Charter.

Professor Sally Morgan: the importance of stories.
30th September 2004

Sally Morgan is one of Australia's best-known Aboriginal artists and writers.Her first book My Place, published in 1987, is recognised as being a milestone in Indigenous writing. My Place has now sold over half million copies and has been widely published internationally. In 2003 Arts Law was privileged to have…

Copyright and the Digital Economy: ALRC Discussion Paper
24th June 2013

Australian artists may have to live with an appropriation culture of mashups, sampling and appropriation of images by other artists if a ‘fair use’ exception to copyright infringement is introduced into the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).

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 Case Studies 10 Results SEE ALL
Writing about Real People

In mid 2010, Arts Law was contacted by an author who written an autobiographical book about her experience as a victim of domestic abuse. She contacted Arts Law to obtain legal advice outlining the risks of breaching defamation laws due to her use of real life people and events in…

Well Placed Cactus: IP in computer code and dealing with work under a sub-contract.

Well Placed Cactus specialises in the development of interactive games and apps that include serious cognitive testing games and gamified motion-sensing experiences. Well Placed Cactus approached Arts Law because they wanted to amend their standard contracts to better control the intellectual property they retained in their work, especially in the…

 Books & eBooks 2 Results
Business Structures and Governance: A Practical Guide for the Arts

The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) has substantially subsidised this publication for artists, now only $5.00 A practical guide for artists and arts organisations, this book provides a user-friendly guide to the different business structures and governance for arts organisations.

The Arts Insurance Handbook (3rd edition)

A user-friendly guide to the insurance world for artists and non-profit arts organisations. It outlines the various types of insurance cover available and offers tips on what to look out for when buying insurance, reducing insurance costs, public liability and insurance for volunteers, where to shop for insurance and how…