Actors, circus performers, musicians, dancers and other live performers may have performers’ rights in their performances, read on to learn more about these rights.
Performers such as actors, conductors, singers and musicians have rights which are separate from the rights of the authors, filmmakers, composers and songwriters who create the works that are performed. In this information sheet, we discuss the rights of musical performers that recognise the creative connection between musicians and the…
A basic run down of copyright as it applies to music and lyrics.
This sample Cultural and Intellectual Property Policy for Festivals and Performances should be used by an Indigenous Art Centre as a best practice policy in relation to all festivals or performances involving traditional forms of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural traditional expression and knowledge which are hosted or staged…
Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) is a collecting society that grants certain licences relating to sound recordings and music videos. As of 19 April 2008 all PPCA licensors must have direct licensing guidelines in place. These sample Direct Licensing Guidelines have been developed to assist small record companies and…
This sample agreement should be used when a performer is being contracted by someone else to perform in a production. If the performer is being engaged as an employee rather than a contractor, Arts Law's Employment Agreement for Performers is more appropriate. Clauses in Contract
This sample deed should be used in when a person enters into an agreement and requires confidential information to protect secrets, including ideas. You may purchase an editable copy below. A free, non-editable, agreement is available in the information sheet Confidential Information - Protecting your Ideas which further explains how…
A contract is an exchange of promises ("something for something") that is legally enforceable. Contracts can also be called "agreements".
This comic provides information about what to do when someone infringes your copyright.
This comic provides information about how your moral rights might be infringed and what to do about it.
This resource includes information on partnerships, including key issues to be considered within a partnership agreement, and a checklist for business partnerships.
This checklist outlines issues which musicians and bands need to consider before entering into a management agreement. It is recommended for use in negotiations, before artist and manager sign a written agreement (updated May 2011).
This document is a guide to the key issues that performing musicians should be aware of and should consider when organising gigs (updated May 2011).
Composer and solicitor, Serena Armstrong, examines some contractual matters relevant to her collaboration with musicians when recording her composition Illawarra Sea Stories.
Ryan McConville provides an overview of three recent cases relating to the copyright in music.
James Heller gives some tips for securing music online and discusses the shift in Digital Rights Management (DRM).
Tanya Hendy is a filmmaker who approached Arts Law for advice about including an excerpt of an instrumental version of a very well-known 80’s pop song in her film.
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.
Lara Travis is a singer/songwriter and recently composed a song about domestic violence called Dead Girls Don’t Lie. Lara wasn’t sure if she was allowed to use the audio grabs and photographs that she had downloaded from news media so she approached Arts Law for assistance.