An Arts Legal Overseer Down Under


Arts Law Centre of Australia has just released a brief report rating terms and conditions of arts competitions Down Under for May and June. It rates up to five stars for quality of each competition’s pact.

IMG_1116E.g., the centre’s brief report on its website notes:

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Generally, all entrants are providing the organisers with a non-exclusive licence to reproduce their work for the promotion of that competition ONLY. This means entrants retain all rights in their work and can licence their copyright to third parties (to get 5 / 5 stars, these licences should be limited to finalists only and need to ensure attribution of the artists!)

Having a haven like the Law Centre would seem to be a boon for artists, who often aren’t well-versed in laws pertaining to creativity. And the centre covers a wide legal geography, listing on its website 21 legal categories ranging from censorship/freedom of expression to wills and estates.

The categories seem to inform and update artists on pertinent issues. E.g., its competition report includes information sheets on copyright, moral rights, competition conditions, and film competitions.

The not-for-profit centre was established with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts in 1983 to provide specialized legal and business advice and referral services, professional development resources and advocacy for artists and arts organizations.

It’s staffed by seven full-time and five part-time employees, including five qualified lawyers. Executive Director Robyn Ayres is responsible for the day-to-day running of Arts Law. Volunteer lawyers and students play a crucial role in delivering services.

For a complete review of the centre’s activities, go to its website: