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Arts Law publishes a number of information sheets to help inform you about your rights as an artist. The Artists in the Black program has produced a series of information sheets to address legal issues that relate to Indigenous artists and communities, and are available for FREE download.

You may print a copy for a non-profit purpose, provided you print the whole information sheet and do not alter it in any way. Contact Arts law to reproduce any information sheet for any other purpose (including for educational purposes).

For a more extensive list of information sheets available from the Arts Law website please click here.


Please refer to Arts Laws’ disclaimer before using any of the information contained on this page or in the information sheets.


    Artwork Licensing Toolkit for Indigenous Art Centres

    This information sheet explains how art centres can systematically manage copyright licensing requests for the use of artists’ work. It describes the various sample agreements contained in the Art Centre IP Licensing Toolkit. It can be used in conjunction with the suggested Copyright Licence Fee Schedules (available for separate purchase).

    Purchase the Artwork IP Licensing Toolkit here.

    Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

    This information sheet explains how art centres  that meet the legal definition of being a ‘charity’  can register with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). Registration  with the ACNC is required before an organisation can receive charity tax concessions from the ATO, such as deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations registered with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) are eligible to apply for registration with the ACNC as a charity.

    This information sheet could be relevant to any institution or organisation that is a public library, public museum or public art gallery or an Indigenous Art Centre or any ‘not-for-profit’ organisation, where that institution or organisation satisfies the legal test of having a charitable purpose that is for the public benefit.

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    Business Structures

    This information sheet explains the difference between incorporated and unincorporated groups and some of the other issues you need to consider when looking at what business structure would suit you or your group.

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    Certificates of Authenticity

    The authenticity of an Aboriginal artwork is important not only for ethical and legal reasons but because it has significant value in the art market. The problem facing Aboriginal artists and communities is how to protect authentic artwork from rip offs made by non-Indigenous people.


    This information sheet gives you an understanding of what a contract is and how to protect yourself when making contracts.


    This information sheet describes what copyright is and how you can use it to protect your artistic work.

    Copyright in music and lyrics

    This information sheet explains copyright in music and lyrics as it relates to musicians.

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    Glossary: What do the words mean?

    This information sheet explains the meaning of some important legal terms.


    Governance is about how to run a healthy organisation. This information sheet describes the fundamentals of good governance and provides links to further resources.

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    This information sheet explains the different types of licences and how they operate.

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