Arts Law was approached by a professional photographer who was concerned about retaining copyright in photographs that she had taken professionally. She had taken multiple photos of a friend and had given them copies to show their family. She later discovered that some of the photos had been uploaded to Facebook without her permission or attributing her as the photographer. She was very worried about the effect on her ownership of copyright in the photos and her ability to use them again in the future.
Barking Wolf contacted Arts Law in early 2017 to seek advice about a number of legal issues that they thought might arise when producing films.
Arts Law will give best practice advice to an arts organisation where we think that the interests of artists will be served by assisting the organisation to develop a fair and balanced agreement. We worked with Bayside City Council to make their terms and conditions fair for their artists.
Senior Tiwi artist Bede Tungutalum is a painter, carver and printmaker and one of the founders of Tiwi Designs the well known Indigenous screen printing business based on Bathurst Island. In 2004, he approached Artists in the Black after seeing prints of his limited edition linocut work "Owl Man" for sale on the internet and through galleries in Australia.
We advised a freelance sound designer/music composer on whether he could showcase or sell the music and sound he had created for an animation company to use.
Sometimes you just don't know if a contract is right for you, and this case study shows just how important it is to have your agreements checked out before you sign.
Arts Law helps an artist assert his moral right of attribution after 20 years
Ilbijerri Theatre Company in Victoria is the longest running Indigenous theatre company in Australia creating innovative contemporary works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Ilbijerri asked Artists in the Black to help clarify these issues in a way which recognized and protected the contributions of the workshop participants but also made sure that Ilbijerri had all of the rights it needed to stage a successful production for the public.