Moral rights protect the personal relationship between a creator and their work even if the creator no longer owns the work, or the copyright in the work. Moral rights concern the creator’s right to be properly attributed or credited, and the protection of their work from derogatory treatment.
Copyright provides a way for artists to protect and monetise their creativity. Knowing how to license copyright and earn a royalty gives artists a way to make money from their work. This information sheet will introduce you to some of the copyright basics.
Actors, circus performers, musicians, dancers and other live performers may have performers’ rights in their performances, read on to learn more about these rights.
This sample Supplementary Copyright Agency Agreement Between Artist and Art Centre should be used when there is a current membership agreement between the art centre and its member artists (either written or unwritten) which doesn’t clearly give the art centre authority to act as the artist’s agent for
This Artwork Licensing Intellectual Property Toolkit has been developed specifically for Indigenous Art Centres and includes template policies and agreements which cover licensing, Intellectual Property and Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP).
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 Copyright Licence for Collecting Institutions agreement should be used when a museum or other institution holding a collection of artefacts or artworks, including cinematographic or multimedia works or works of artistic craftsmanship or other copyright materials, wishes to make and publish a digital copy of a work for…
This sample copyright licensing agreement should be used when a person wishes to use artwork, photographs, dramatic works or literary works in a podcast. The copyright owner can grant the other person a licence to use the copyright protected work in specific ways. This sample agreement is a generic agreement…
The purpose of these guidelines is to codify the best practice for the reproduction and communication of visual art via digital distribution methods in Australia, whether such reproduction or communication is for commercial purposes or otherwise.
This checklist outlines the main legal issues a short filmmaker or producer should consider when making their short film. It is recommended for use by short filmmakers who are entering their films into a short film competition.
Simon Etherington discusses criticism under copyright law.
With the advent of digital technology, performers require adequate protection from and remuneration for exploitation, unauthorised use and digital manipulation of their performance.
Joel Barrett discusses some artistic practices in which the artist incorporates other people's copyrighted material without infringing the copyright in that material.
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Through its document review service, Arts Law assisted sculptor Peter Corlett in relation to his agreement with Variety Children’s Charity.
Artists in the Black (AITB) provided legal advice to Wangka Maya, an Aboriginal language organisation in regional Western Australia.
A young up and coming photographer called Arts Law for advice about starting a website to sell her photographs online.