Arts Law is a strong advocate for the better treatment of artists and performers working in the Australian entertainment industry, particularly through the regulation of those acting as agents in that industry. Arts Law recognises that artists are often in a weak bargaining position, reluctant to take legal action and disadvantaged by a conflict of interest arising when their representative acts both for them and for a venue. Arts Law advocates greater protection for artists through reforms to the legislation regulating the entertainment industry. Such reforms include maximum agent fees, use of trust accounts, disbursement of money within fourteen days, improved record keeping and provision of financial statements, expansion of contract and information requirements and improved dispute resolution mechanisms.
The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) was recently tasked with conducting a review of the workability of the Australian registered designs system under the Designs Act 2003 (Cth) (Designs Act) and determining what improvements are required. Arts Law has been active in responding to the ACIP inquiry, focusing on the need to improve the confusing and outdated copyright/design overlap provisions in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and the Designs Act which, among other things, allow for copyright protection to be lost if an artistic work is reproduced on an industrial scale. Arts Law believes the overlap provisions result in artists being unable to fully exploit their work without running the risk of having their work freely copied and reproduced by others.
Arts Law recently made a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) review of the Native Title Act 1993.
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In December 2014, the Federal Government tasked internet services providers with drafting an industry code to aid the fight against online copyright infringement by users. Arts Law recently made a submission to the Communications Alliance Ltd on the draft ISP Copyright Notice Scheme Industry Code.