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Services and info for clients about copyright

Services and info for clients about copyright.

Arts Law Centre of Australia

The Arts Law Centre of Australia is the national community legal centre for the arts. They provide advice and information to artists and arts organisations on arts-related legal and business matters including contracts and copyright. Initial telephone legal advice is free.

Their website has information about copyright. It also has sample contracts with explanatory notes and sample wording for each clause. They also have a publication 'Answers for artists' that covers common legal issues that artists may encounter.


Artists in black

This legal service is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait artist, communities and arts organisations. The service provides access to legal advice and information in a culturally appropriate way. The service can give advice about written agreements, copyright, moral rights, business names and trademarks and defamation.

See Arts Law Centre of Australia—Artists in the black.

The Australian Copyright Council is an independent, non-profit organisation who provides information sheets covering issues such as what copyright protects and how to manage your rights. They also provide a legal advice service for artists.

See Australian Copyright Council

See also Arts Law Centre Australia—Legal advice(opens in a new window).

Law Institute Victoria

The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Legal Referral Service provides client referrals to lawyers across Victoria. The referral service operates a telephone service during business hours and an online service through the LIV website.

Referrals are tailored to meet client needs and provide a listing of up to three law firms practising in a particular area of law. All law firms participating in the referral service undertake to see clients for the first 30 minutes free of charge. This interview can be used to determine the nature of the legal issue and discuss the available options. Normal fees are charged after the first 30 minutes or if work needs to be prepared on the client’s behalf.

Phone (03) 9607 9550.

See Law Institute Victoria—Legal Referral Service(opens in a new window).

This is VLA's online referral booking and information tool.

See Legal Help Online (Orbit(opens in a new window)).

Court, CLC, FRC and VLA panels locator

Use Toby's maps to locate community legal centres, courts and private lawyers on the Victoria Legal Aid panel. Search for a list of services near where the caller lives. Search by postcode, name of organisation, phone number or suburb. Tick/untick the boxes to select the search categories.

Do not hit enter to avoid searching globally. Hit F5 to undo this global search.

See Google maps link for CLCs and 29A panellists(opens in a new window).

For Generalist CLCs and Local Government Agencies see Google maps link for General CLCs(opens in a new window).