What is Raw Law about?

Raw Law is a series of factsheets that explore the main legal issues for creative people who are presenting their work in public, produced by Arts Access Victoria with Arts Law and Middletons as legal partners. 

It is important for creative people to know what their legal rights are when producing and presenting their work, but it can be hard to know where to start. Raw Law provides simple, accessible legal information for people who experience major barriers to participating in the arts, including artists with a disability. 

You may find Raw Law useful if you are an artist, musician, writer, filmmaker or performer. 

Raw Law covers: 

What is copyright?

What are moral rights?


How to protect your work online

General legal information for visual artistsmusicianswriters and filmmakers

What are the first steps you can take if you feel you need legal help, who you can to go for legal help and advice and a key words index to help you understand some relevant terms.

You can also learn about these topics in this Raw Law video (audio description & closed captions):

View the Auslan interpreted version of this video.

This project was produced by Arts Access Victoria

Funding Partner

Legal Services Board

Legal Partners

Arts Law Centre of Australia



Australian Copyright Council

Scope for people with a disability

Sweet Design


The content of the Raw Law website is for your information only.

The information contained in this website does not constitute, and should be not relied on as, legal advice. Arts Access Victoria (Arts Access) and the Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) recommends seeking advice from a qualified lawyer on the legal issues affecting you before acting on any legal matter.

While Arts Access and Arts Law try to ensure that the content of any information they produce is accurate, adequate or complete, they do not represent or warrant its accuracy, adequacy or completeness. Arts Access and Arts Law are not responsible for any loss suffered as a result of or in relation to the use of this resource and its content. To the extent permitted by law, Arts Access and Arts Law exclude any liability, including any liability for negligence, for any loss, including indirect or consequential damages arising from or in relation to the use of this information.

Information provided in this website in relation to a State or Territory only applies to that State or Territory.

Arts Access Victoria was funded by the Legal Services Board of Victoria to produce the Raw Law project, with legal assistance from the Arts Law Centre of Australia.