Welcome Rob Bitmead

Arts Law are pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Bitmead as our first WA-based Solicitor. Rob will be based in Perth and traveling throughout the state to deliver outreach, education and our Artists in the Black wills project. Rob has a law degree from Murdoch University, WA and holds a Masters degree in International … Continued

Advocacy at Arts Law – how we help protect your rights

Arts Law is a trusted advocate for artists’ rights and we recommend changes to the law to benefit the arts sector. Our goal is to improve the rights of artists and their access to justice. We also aim to ensure recognition and better protection and respect for Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP). As Australia’s … Continued

Commission VS Licence. Arts Law can help you do both.

Does someone want to commission your work? Do you need a licence and how are they different? Arts Law has published a new contract template for artists who are being commissioned to create an artwork, and the commissioner wants to reproduce and communicate the artwork. This can apply to digital or physical works. The commissioner … Continued

PRIZE REVIEW: The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2022

This month, Arts Law has reviewed the terms and conditions of the Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2022. Read the terms and conditions of this competition here.   Arts Law contacted Allen & Unwin with recommendations to make the terms and conditions of this award more artist friendly. Unfortunately, the organisers did not wish to discuss their terms with … Continued

AITB Outreach in Roebourne and Port Hedland

Over the next couple of weeks Arts Law lawyers, Donna Robinson and Rob Bitmead are travelling to Roebourne and Port Hedland as part of our AITB outreach program.  We will be visiting art centres and Indigenous language centres in the area to meet up with our clients and give legal advice clinics to advise artists … Continued

2022 Pro Bono Awards Winners Announced!

Congratulations to all our 2022 Pro Bono Award winners. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces join us for another in person celebration at King & Wood Mallesons Sydney office last week. Rebecca Stanley, Senior Associate and Coordinator of the Arts Law Document Review Service at KWM welcomed us along with our guests, … Continued

Insurance claims in the aftermath of floods

If you are an artist affected by the recent South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales flooding, you should be aware of how to maximise your chances of insurance coverage during an extraordinary catastrophe or natural disaster.   Understanding your policy   It is necessary you understand how your policy defines flood, storm or rainwater damage.  Some … Continued

What is an NFT?

This month, by popular demand, Arts Law created a new information sheet on Non-Fungible Tokens or “NFTs”. While NFTs are booming and becoming more and more popular, there is still a lot of confusion about how they work. We hope that this sheet will introduce artists to the diverse and complex world of NFTs, and … Continued

Outreach to Erub Arts on Darnley Island

As part of our AITB outreach program, Donna Robinson of Arts Law travelled to Erub Arts on Darnley Island in the far north of the Torres Strait in early March 2022. We were accompanied by Berkeley Cox, partner, and Donella Mills, lawyer, from King & Wood Mallesons and art curator, Sarah Cox. It is a … Continued

SUBMISSION: Copyright Access Reform

On 25 February 2022, Arts Law made a submission to the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Communications on the exposure draft of the Copyright Amendment (Access Reform) Bill 2021 and corresponding discussion paper. The proposed reforms were about: Limitations on remedies for use of orphan works. A new fair dealing exception for non-commercial quotation. … Continued