Advocacy and Law Reform

Arts Law aims to provide targeted, quality advocacy on law and policy reform for the benefit of the creative sector.  This is done through:

  1. identification and prioritisation of issues affecting the arts community;
  2. research and making of submissions; 
  3. development of relationships with the government, media, arts sector and other relevant bodies; and
  4. lobbying to influence the decision making of government and other bodies

Arts Law has been actively involved in Indigenous-specific advocacy work on the following issues:

Chanel Should Apologise for ‘Boomerang’

19th May 2017

The Arts Law Centre of Australia and the Indigenous Art Code contacted Chanel to request an apology to Indigenous communities over their ‘boomerang’ product that was recently circulating on social media.

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Media Release: A Step Forward to Stop the Fakes

13th February 2017

The Arts Law Centre of Australia, the Indigenous Art Code and Copyright Agency | Viscopy welcomed the proposed introduction of legislation to end the practice of the production and sale of art products and merchandise which misappropriates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture.The Arts Law Centre of Australia, the Indigenous Art Code and Copyright Agency | Viscopy today welcomed the proposed introduction of legislation to end the practice of the production and sale of art products and merchandise which misappropriates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture.

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Licensing of Indigenous Artwork Benefits the Artists

9th February 2017

A great example of merchandise which has been designed with Aboriginal artists and produced overseas is the product developed in partnership with Warlukurlangu Artists’.

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Bob Katter MP Takes Fake Art Harms Culture to Parliament

30th January 2017

Bob Katter, federal member for Kennedy in Queensland, has thrown his support behind and the campaign to stop fake Indigenous art being sold in Australia.

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Arts Law at the Homeground Arts Markets

7th October 2016

Fake Art Harms Culture, and we're taking our campaign to the Sydney Opera House as part of the Homeground Arts Markets on October 8 and 9.

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Arts Law submission to Productivity Commission Draft Report - 3 June 2016

6th June 2016

Arts law is particularly concerned by some of the proposals in the draft report. The undervaluation of artists' contributions and the lack of consideration of Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property issues, the suggestion that the optimal copyright term is 15 to 25 years after creation, the proposal to remove parallel import restrictions for books and the fair use provisions proposed in the draft report. You can read our full submission here.

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Submission on the Intellectual Property Arrangements - Productivity Commission Issues Paper Oct 2015

8th February 2016

The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) is pleased to comment on the Productivity Commission Issues Paper.

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Artists in the Black Coordinator, Jacqueline Cornforth, attends WIPO

7th July 2015

Artists in the Black Coordinator Jacqueline Cornforth recently attended a meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

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Arts Law comments on Native Title Act review

13th March 2015

Arts Law recently made a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) review of the Native Title Act 1993.

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Protecting Aboriginal Cultural Heritage: proposed reform in NSW

8th May 2014

Arts Law makes a submission in response to the NSW Government's model for stand-alone Aboriginal Cultural Heritage legislation.

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