Arts Law is currently in the process of creating a positions paper that considers the law and policy relating to the creation of artistic works in Australian prisons.
Arts Law has advocated for the rights of artists in prison in the context of their advocacy work on copyright and moral rights. Arts Law has supported artists who are prisoners to assert their copyright and moral works for art work produced during their incarceration. Arts Law has also lobbied for the reform of Western Australian State laws which require some prisoners to forfeit their rights to their copyright and artwork. Arts Law operates education workshops for prisoners and campaigns for the rights of prisoners to sell artworks created in prison and for fair compensation where artworks are exhibited or reproduced by prison authorities.
Whilst in prison PV had participated in a rehabilitation program and had created a painting as part of this program. PV was asked to allow his painting to be hung in a recreation area of the prison. In return PV was to receive $120 worth of "buy-ups" at the prison shop. PV never received the "buy-ups".