By Robyn Ayres and Donna Carstens on 3rd December 2012
In April 2012 Artists in the Black (AITB) commenced its work in FNQ when we attended the first conference of the Indigenous Art Centre Alliance (IACA) in Cairns. Here we were able to give the managers and representatives from the Boards of the Indigenous art centres an idea of the legal issues relevant to their work, as well as the services provided by AITB. IACA then assisted by consulting with the art centres to determine which art centres wanted AITB to visit them and the issues they wanted to find out more about.
By Robyn Ayres on 3rd December 2012
As part of the Solid Arts project Arts Law has made a series of short films about different issues relevant to Indigenous arts and intellectual property. The films have been produced on behalf of Arts Law by Pauline Clague (Core Films), an Indigenous filmmaker, and are available on the Solid Arts website. Some of the Solid Arts films include:
Canning Stock Route exhibition – ICIP and moral rights and Copyright and licensing
By Jennifer Arnup on 3rd December 2012
Gadens lawyers, Brooke Spain and Matthew Pieterse traded in their suits and urban surrounds for a 12 day road trip visiting remote Aboriginal communities in Anangu Pitjantjatara Yangkunytjatjara (APY) lands in the north-west of South Australia.
By Delwyn Everard on 26th September 2012
In 2012, Artists in the Black (AITB) was invited again by Music NT to participate in Bush Bands Business (BBBiz). Held at the breathtaking Ross River Resort, Bush Bands Business is the professional development and mentoring program for the eight Indigenous bush bands chosen to perform at the Bash in Alice Springs during the annual Desert Festival.
By Robyn Ayres on 26th September 2012
WIPO members continue to debate a new treaty for the protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions. Arts Law’s Executive Director, Robyn Ayres, who participated in the 22nd meeting of WIPO’s Intergovernmental Committee on Traditional Cultural Expressions, reports here.
By Delwyn Everard on 30th June 2012
Arts Law celebrates the announcement by the Western Australian government of its commitment to amend its intestacy laws and launches its Artists in the Black intestacy kits for families of Indigenous visual artists.
By Delwyn Everard and Marie-Christin Stenzel on 4th April 2012
Arts Law has successfully pursued changes to the information available on the websites of three major Australian collecting societies. We were concerned about the calculation of the commissions they deduct from the royalties collected on behalf of their members.
By Delwyn Everard and Michael Jones on 4th April 2012
In June 2011, Arts Law was approached by Grant Saunders aka Sonic Nomad of Sydney band Whitehouse. Formed in 2006 and boasting an Aboriginal frontline and a Sri-Lankan rhythm section, the band won the Indigenous Emerging Artists grant in 2010 and its self-funded debut album is due for release in late 2011.
By Robyn Ayres on 21st December 2011
Solid Arts provides a toolkit of resources on respecting and protecting Indigenous intellectual property. The 3 year project was funded by the Cultural Ministers Council and will enter its final phase in 2012.
By Arts Law Centre of Australia on 21st December 2011
Arts Law's facebook page already has 466 fans and is a source of current news on legal and political issues affecting the Australian and international arts industries as well as keeping you up-to-date on new resources available from Arts Law.
By Arts Law Centre of Australia on 26th September 2011
In mid-September Arts Law senior solicitor Delwyn Everard and Aboriginal Liaison Officer Shian Se'l-Barker travelled through the Northern Territory on a trip advising Indigenous musicians and artists. Here Shian recounts the experience.
By Trish Adejei and Louise Buckingham on 26th September 2011
The 19th session of WIPO’s Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) was held in Geneva, WIPO Headquarters, 18-22 July 2011. We (Trish Adjei and Louise Buckingham) went along as observers for Arts Law. We were also privileged to participate in the Indigenous Caucus during the meeting.
By Delwyn Everard on 11th July 2011
In Balgo in remote north Western Australia, a small group of musicians sit in the exhibition space of Warlayirti Artists Centre discussing the bands they play in, how they make decisions and what they should call themselves. They like the sound of "The Lost Boys" but think there might be another band somewhere in Queensland using that name. Behind them is the new purpose built recording studio built at the art centre in recognition of the emerging Indigenous musical talent in a community better known for its visual artists – including Eubena Nampitjin, Elizabeth Nyumi, Boxer Milner and Helicopter Tjungurrayi.
By Delwyn Everard on 31st March 2011
Arts Law is delighted to announce that the launch of the workshop component of its Musicians in the Black project will be at the WAMi Music Festival to be held in Perth from 21 - 28 May 2011. The WAMi Festival is an annual festival run by the West Australian Music Industry Association, which celebrates WA’s thriving contemporary music community.
By Robyn Ayres on 31st March 2011
In 2010 the Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) was contracted through the Cultural Ministers Council to further develop the Indigenous intellectual property toolkit resource over three years (2010-2012). This project has been titled Solid Arts and will include a resources across a number of mediums.
By Tim Golder on 30th September 2010
A look at some of the rewarding pro bono work provided by Allens Arthur Robinson for an Indigenous visual artist through Arts Law.
By Ros Stein on 31st December 2006
Ros Stein explains and compares how trade mark laws in Canada, New Zealand and Australia can be used to protect and uphold the rights of Indigenous artists in relation to Indigenous Culture and Intellectual Property (ICIP).
By Arts Law Centre of Australia on 31st December 2005
Arts Law deals with a diverse range of legal concerns across all art sectors. Below are some frequently asked questions over the last year, answered by some of our volunteer lawyers who provided an incredible amount of support and help to Arts Law during 2005.
By Robyn Ayres on 30th September 2003
The Arts Law Centre receives a large number of enquiries from artists with concerns in dealing with Indigenous culture and art. As a result of the growing interest in, and the appropriation of, Indigenous art and culture, at least two sets of protocols have recently been developed in Australia.