Artists Rights Video Series

Arts Law helps all sorts of artists at every stage of their careers. Here, artist Alexia Sinclair, writer Robert Drewe and The Lovely Days give an insight into the importance of knowing your rights and getting all the legal stuff sorted.

Award winning artist and photographer Alexia Sinclair talks about her experiences with Arts Law, and the importance of contracts

Walkley-Award winning journalist and author, Robert Drewe, discusses some of the legal issues associated with optioning your work for the screen, and the importance of getting quality legal advice

Holden and Tennyson from The Lovely Days discuss the benefits of getting your band partnership sorted early on

Contracts - Eddie’s story

Eddie had an agreement to sell a hundred hand painted boomerangs to an art dealer. But what happens when the dealer cancels the order?


What is copyright and how does it affect my art?


Things you need to know when organising a festival.

Ilbijerri Protocols

Rachael Maza, actress and artistic director of Ilbijerri Theatre Company, discusses protocols for developing scripts and performance for Indigenous theatre.

Ilbijerri Story

Actress and director Rachael Maza talks about Ilbijerri theatre and the potential complexity sometimes involved in negotiating a fair contract between artists involved in the production of a performance work.

Mandy Davis

Artist Mandy Davis talks about her experience of copyright and moral rights infringement in her work. 

Resale Royalties

Trisha Adjei, Indigenous Communications Co-ordinator from CAL (Copyright Agency Limited) discusses information relating to the Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Act (2009) that was introduced in 2010 including what this new law means for Indigenous artists' and the art trade. 

Wills for Artists

Deputy Director of Arts Law Delwyn Everard discusses wills and the importance of them for Indigenous artists in managing how their property will be distributed after passing away.

World Intellectual Property Organisation

Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO, discusses what the World Intellectual Property Organisation is doing within the context of Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property. Les Malezer, Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action, Australia and Marisella Ouma, Executive Director, Kenya Copyright Board also talk about the importance of the worldwide protection of Indigenous traditional knowledge and cultural expressions. WIPO is working to address these issues for all Indigenous artists.

Yiwarra Kuju: the Canning Stock Route

Curtis Taylor and Monique La Fontaine from FORM's Canning Stock Route Project talk about the development of the collection, which forms the basis of the exhibition Yiwarra Kuju: the Canning Stock Route, which includes around 130 artworks, involving 110 Aboriginal artists and contributors from 10 art and culture centres across 17 remote communities in the Goldfields, Midwest, Pilbara and Kimberley. The collection was acquired by the National Museum of Australia in December 2008. These videos discuss a number of legal issues involved with this project including ICIP, Moral Rights, Copyright and Licensing. Click here to read a written case study about this project.