Confused about Copyright and the Aboriginal Flag?

The Aboriginal Flag has been under the spotlight since the AFL announced they would not be using the flag in their 2020 Indigenous Round. But why and how is the Aboriginal Flag different to other flags? Unlike the Australian flag (and those of other countries for instance) the copyright in the Aboriginal Flag is privately … Continued

Funding secured for Artists in the Black and new project Licensing the Right Way

Arts Law is pleased to announce that we have secured $550,000 over five years through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program to support Artists in the Black and a new project Licensing the Right Way. This new project will improve licensing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and build best practice … Continued

Changes coming to the Australian Copyright Act

The Federal Government has announced its intention to move ahead with copyright reforms. According to a recent press release the changes aim to provide a more flexible and adaptable framework that will better support the needs of Australian copyright users to access content in an increasingly digital environment. Arts Law is concerned about any reform … Continued

Arts Law and Desart release new podcast series

Each year Arts Law and partner law firms visit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art centres across the country to deliver specialised legal advice and resources as part of its Artists in the Black program.  These trips take us to some of the most remote parts of Australia and often take planes, trains and automobiles … Continued

SUBMISSION: Senate Inquiry into the destruction of caves at Juukan Gorge

Arts Law is in the unique position of having consulted with and advised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. Much of that advice has focused on ways of securing protection for Indigenous cultural heritage as expressed through Indigenous art, music and performance. On 23-24 May 2020, Rio Tinto destroyed two 46,000-year-old Aboriginal cultural … Continued

Arts Law and First Languages Australia join forces

Arts Law and First Languages Australia have joined forces to give Language Centres and programs access our Artist in The Black service through 2020 and 2021. First Languages Australia was founded in 2013 to support a future where Aboriginal language communities and Torres Strait Islander language communities have full command of their languages and can … Continued

Arts Law inspires the formation of French organisation le Barreau des Arts

In a time when the closing of borders seems to be an overused tool to curb the spread of the epidemic, our commitment to the arts community must remain consistent and persistent. The arts community has been particularly affected by the pandemic, we therefore must reaffirm that when it comes to strengthening value and respect for arts and culture, national borders become irrelevant, as the arts community spans the entire globe.

HCP Digital Art Prize 2020

This is very much a topical competition in the current COVID- 19 environment. The competition is described as “a new national award for digital art, promoting contemporary visual art for screen, including video art, custom software, hypertext and art games”.

Reconciliation Week 2020

Reconciliation aspires to a fair and equal Australia. It requires the nation to pause, to think and to come together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. With that end in mind, reconciliation is a national – at times painful – transitioning process, the goal of which is to rectify the iniquity, remedy the injustice … Continued

Archibald Prize 2020

Arts Law reached out to the Gallery to suggest ways their terms and conditions could be improved to make them as artist friendly as possible. We were really pleased with the Gallery’s response – it was enthusiastic about listening to our suggestions and its subsequently revised its terms and conditions, taking on board the most part of our suggestions.


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