About Copyright and Moral Rights
26th August 2012

Arts Law advocates for a fair and effective copyright system that prevents unauthorised misappropriation of copyrighted work and ensures that artists receive credit and remuneration for their creative output. Arts Law is particularly active in promoting greater adherence to copyright laws where Indigenous art works are involved as Indigenous artists have traditionally proved more vulnerable to unethical practices and exploitation. Arts Law recognises that it is in the public interest to allow some exceptions to copyright and has lobbied for a fair balance, such as in respect of changes proposed to the fair dealing exceptions. Arts Law also advocates for the increased recognition of artists’ moral rights, including the right to be named as the creator and the right against the derogatory treatment of artistic and creative works.

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My Rode Cast 2019 Competition Review My Rode Cast 2019 Competition Review
28th February 2019

Arts Law has reviewed the terms and conditions of My RØDE Cast 2019, a competition being run out of New South Wales.

The deadline for this competition is 12 March 2019. It is an international competition (with the exception of certain listed countries).  

This is an inaugural competition for podcasters, where each entrant creates and submits an original 1–2 minute podcast for judging. The podcasts may be on any subject, in any creative format.

This competition is free to enter and offers several impressive prizes and an opportunity for exposure.

Arts Law has rated this competition 4 out of 5 stars.

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Fake Art Harms Culture: Arts Law’s Submission to the House of Representatives Inquiry Fake Art Harms Culture: Arts Law’s Submission to the House of Representatives Inquiry
13th November 2017

The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the discussion on the growing presence of inauthentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘style’ art and craft products and merchandise for sale across Australia. In essence, our submission is that a prohibition on the sale of inauthentic products at all levels of the supply chain is the easiest and most efficient approach to address the problem.

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Law Society of New South Wales’ “Just Art” competition, but no justice for artists? Law Society of New South Wales’ “Just Art” competition, but no justice for artists?
29th June 2017

In June 2017 Arts Law has reviewed The Law Society of New South Wales’ “Just Art” competition.  

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US fair use system not so fair - Letter to the Editor, The Saturday Paper 17 June 2017 US fair use system not so fair - Letter to the Editor, The Saturday Paper 17 June 2017
19th June 2017

This Letter to the Editor was published in June 17 217 edition of The Saturday Paper in response to the article Artistic Licence by Patricia Aufderheide.

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Submission in Response to Final Report from the Productivity Commission into IP Arrangements Submission in Response to Final Report from the Productivity Commission into IP Arrangements
20th February 2017

Arts Law recently lodged our submission to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in response to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Intellectual Property Arrangements Final Report.

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Arts Law submission to Productivity Commission Draft Report - 3 June 2016 Arts Law submission to Productivity Commission Draft Report - 3 June 2016
6th June 2016

Arts law is particularly concerned by some of the proposals in the draft report. The undervaluation of artists' contributions and the lack of consideration of Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property issues, the suggestion that the optimal copyright term is 15 to 25 years after creation, the proposal to remove parallel import restrictions for books and the fair use provisions proposed in the draft report. You can read our full submission here.

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Submission on the Intellectual Property Arrangements - Productivity Commission Issues Paper Oct 2015 Submission on the Intellectual Property Arrangements - Productivity Commission Issues Paper Oct 2015
8th February 2016

The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) is pleased to comment on the Productivity Commission Issues Paper.

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