Chrissie Swan TV Personality
Gotye Artist
Flume Artist
Matt Corby Artist
Ian Dicko Dickson TV Personality
Elizabeth Rose Artist
Kingswood Band
Rdio Streaming Service
Craig Annis Radio Announcer
Seth Sentry Artist
Stonefield Band
Vance Joy Artist
The Presets Band
Peter Maddison TV Personality
Missy Higgins Musician
Cut Copy Band
Hilltop Hoods Band
Josh Pyke Musician
Grinspoon Band
DZ Deathrays Band
Velociraptor Band
Marvin Priest Musician
Oh Mercy Band
Violent Soho Band
Miff Film Festival
The Medics Band
Airbourne Band
The Paper Kites Band


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For over 20 years, Media Arts Lawyers has given practical and commercial legal advice to artists, brands, events and companies throughout the entertainment industry. Acting for high-profile acts and enterprises alongside fledgling creative and commercial projects, we set the benchmark for creatively strategic legal solutions. 

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Are you an Artist Manager or Agent in NSW? Changes to the Entertainment Industry Act may impact on your agreements. Contact the Sydney Office for more information.

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sending a BIG congratulations to all of our clients that have been nominated in the APRA Song of the Year Award:

Violent Soho – Covered In Chrome
Flume & Chet Faker – Drop The Game
Boy & Bear – Harlequin Dream & Southern Sun
Matt Corby – Resolution
Vance Joy- Riptide
Karnivool – We Are


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Massive congrats to Big Scary for winning the 2014 AMP for their killer record ‘Not Art’! Sweet as pie people making sweet as music


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RÜFÜS / RÜFÜS DU SOL hit Gold in Australia – and heading off to the US next week! Congrats to Sweat It Out Music!, Sony Music Australia, and Select Booking.


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Vance Joy plaque just arrived for the Sydney office wall.

Huge congrats to James and everyone involved for a killer EP and the highest selling Australian single of 2013

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A HUGE congrats to Vance Joy and all our clients who made-up MORE THAN HALF the Aussies (25% overall) in Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown over the weekend. From 1 to 100 – our clients truly represented:

1 Vance Joy – Riptide
5 Flume & Chet Faker – Drop the Game
8 Matt Corby – Resolution
14 Violent Soho – Covered in Chrome
19 The Kite String Tangle – Given the Chance
21 RüFüS – Take Me
34 RÜFÜS – Desert Night
38 Touch Sensitive– Pizza Guy
40 The Amity Affliction – Official – Born To Die
41 Boy & Bear – Southern Sun
44 Dustin Tebbutt – The Breach
48 Flight Facilities – Stand Still (feat. Micky Green)
55 Boy & Bear – Harlequin Dream
65 Chet Faker – Melt (feat. Kilo Kish)
66 Illy – Ausmusic Month Medley (Like A Version)
76 SAFIA – Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues
77 Illy – Youngbloods (feat. Ahren Stringer)
80 Panama Music – Always
83 The Jezabels – The End
88 Josh Pyke – Leeward Side
91 RÜFÜS – Tonight
95 Vance Joy – Play With Fire
96 Big Scary – Luck Now
100 Karnivool – We Are

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We advise some of the industry’s biggest and brightest.

Our clients include top-level artists, composers, tv and film talent, entertainment and media companies, venues, managers, agents and Billboard #1 artists.

Who are some of our clients?


Our core business developed within the music industry, so we can assist with everything from basic advice to deal negotiation to drafting agreements to dispute resolution. Our clients include musicians, bands, songwriters, composers, producers, festivals, agents, managers, labels, publishers, distributors and content providers. We have firm links with European and North American legal firms, and strong relationships with labels and music properties both there and in Japan. Staying true to our roots, we give pro bono advice to members of Arts Law and the Association of Independent Record Labels.

Our expertise includes:

  • Recording, publishing, licensing and distribution deals;
  • Sample and music clearances;
  • Management and agency contracts;
  • Sponsorship and merchandising;
  • Performer, producer and composer rights, agreements and releases;
  • Live performances and touring;
  • Financing;
  • Digital and new technology advice.

Television, Film and Theatre

The ever-evolving TV, film and theatre industries bring their own unique complexities. Our clients include TV hosts, actors, media personalities, talent management entities, production companies, directors, writers, animators, composers, and distributors. We’re also legal counsel for the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Our expertise includes:

  • Talent, performers and key-creatives’ rights, agreements and releases;
  • Music clearances and composer agreements;
  • Television Format rights;
  • Chain of title;
  • Script options and purchases;
  • Distribution, broadcast, syndication rights and deals;
  • Production and co-production;
  • Merchandising and sponsorship;
  • Rights acquisition and management;
  • Venue hire, stage shows and touring.

Digital Media

The boom of the digital world brings with it a host of decidedly real-life legal issues. We assist designers, music and film digital service providers (DSPs), app developers, gaming companies and major multinationals.

Our expertise includes:

  • Rights clearances for DSPs – streaming, subscription, on-demand, download;
  • Multi-media, digital and new technology services;
  • Cybersquatting;
  • Local (Australia/NZ) compliance for international companies;
  • User generated content;
  • Website and service terms and conditions;
  • Privacy Act compliance and policies;
  • Spam Act compliance and policies;
  • General advice in relation to the Australia/NZ market;
  • Strategic alliances and partnerships.

Design, Fashion &
Creative Arts

No matter how big or small your creative arts business, it’s crucial you properly protect your brand and designs. MAL acts for leading graphic design firms, fashion designers, photographers, painters, sculptors, commercial galleries and industry organisations, as well as providing pro bono advice to the AIPP.

Our expertise includes:

  • Commissioning agreements;
  • Gallery-artist relationships;
  • Exhibition and touring;
  • Consultant, designers’, employment, agreements, and standard terms;
  • Copyright and designs law, moral rights;
  • Obscenity, sedition and censorship;
  • Model releases;
  • Master services agreements.

Intellectual Property &
Trade marks

Intellectual property is the backbone of our practice. Whether it be creation, ownership, registration, transfer, licensing or protection of intellectual property, we give our clients the assistance they need to protect or assert their intellectual property interests.

Our expertise includes:

  • Copyright ownership, assignment, licensing;
  • Trade Mark applications, objections, registrations and enforcement;
  • Moral rights;
  • Intellectual property rights protection and enforcement;
  • Book and online publishing deals;
  • Protection of confidentiality and other restraints;
  • Idea development;
  • Litigation and other enforcement strategies.

Corporate and Commercial

From seed-of-an-idea innovators to major multi-nationals, we have a strong commercial practice. We regularly give expert support on a broad range of commercial and corporate matters.

Our expertise includes:

  • Establishment, purchase, sale and
    restructure of corporations, joint
    ventures, partnerships;
  • Strategic transaction advice;
  • Commercialisation of creative projects,
    funding agreements;
  • Corporations Act advice and compliance;
  • Shareholders’ agreements;
  • Purchase and divestment of commercial
  • Commercial leases;
  • Trade practices law;
  • Confidentiality agreements;
  • Commercial agreements relevant to
    specific industry needs, including
    licensing, distribution and agency
  • Competition (games of skill and chance)
    advice, compliance and agreements.

Defamation & Image Rights

Despite Australia not having any recognised ‘rights of publicity’, we have extensive experience on advising on matters of defamation (both pre- and post- publication), as well as protecting image rights. Our clients include authors, journalists, television and sporting personalities and musicians.

Our expertise includes:

  • Defamation pre-publication;
  • Defamation post-publication;
  • Passing off;
  • Endorsements;
  • Sponsorships;
  • Image protection mechanisms;
  • Litigation and dispute resolution.

Ancillary Matters

Our clients often need legal assistance with matters outside of the entertainment industry, and we regularly advise on property and estate matters.

Our expertise includes: 

  • Property Conveyances;
  • Leases;
  • Mortgages;
  • Purchase and divestment of property
  • Wills.

Client List

Our clients include (in no particular order): Gotye, Hilltop Hoods, Matt Preston, MIFF, Missy Higgins, Rdio (Digital Music Provider), Chrissie Swan, Frequency Media Group, Drapht, Kimbra, Boy & Bear, Cut Copy, Native Tongue Music Publishing, Tame Impala, Spunk Records (Record Label), The Jezabels, The Presets, Stereosonic, Dicko, AIR, Bob Evans, Karolina York (Print Design Studio), Chet Faker, Josephmark (Digital Design Agency), Justin Smith (Photographer), Karnivool, Kooyong Classic (Tennis Tournament), 5 Seconds of Summer, Jinja Safari, Jen Cloher, Avalanche City, Amity Affliction, Sietta, The Grates,
Puppetry of the Penis, Illy, DZ Deathrays, Saskwatch, The Medics, Nelly Thomas (Comedian), Big Scary, Ampersand (Literary Journal), Brous, Gossling, One Love (Record Label), Violent Soho, White Sky Music (Bookkeeping Services), Dan Kelly, Future Classic, Architecture in Helsinki, BAM Brick & Mortar Brands (Fashion Brand Management), Turntable FM (Digital Music Provider), Peter Maddison (TV Host and Architect), Mucho Bravado (Artist Management), Redcoats, Dane Rumble, Drew Berry, Oliver Tank, Soulmate (Record Label), Nice Bike (Production Company), Sally Seltmann, Pond, PVT, 3MBS (Radio Station)… and more.

We know there’s an art to doing business.

That’s why we think creatively. We don’t just do the paperwork, we work out the best possible strategic solutions to structure a deal that is better than the norm.

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David Vodicka

As well as having over 20 years experience dealing in all facets of creative industry law, David is director of independent label Rubber Records and music publisher Rubber Music Publishing. A passionate advocate for local music and creative industries, David chairs the board of Australian Independent Record Labels Association, is Vice President of Worldwide Independent Network, and is a board member of Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia Recording Industry Association and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia.

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Stephen King

Stephen practices in all facets of commercial and entertainment law; with a particular focus on music and television talent representation. Stephen combines his legal knowledge with his vast experience in the music industry, including in private practice in the UK representing major artists, labels and the Musicians Union and in Australia as the Business Affairs Manager for Festival Mushroom Records. Stephen is a supporter of local music and provides pro bono services to Music NT and Arts Law members. Stephen is also Director of Ink Music Publishing.

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Julian Hewitt

Julian represents high profile musical talent, managers, labels, publishers, events and start-ups, and with a large overseas network has been instrumental in setting up international deals for his clients. He has been a musician signed to major and indie labels, and has a post-grad degree in corporate finance. In addition to his extensive music law practice, Julian represents film and television projects, studios, creative agencies, celebrity talent, media and tech companies, events, designers, and NGO’s.

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Consultant Solicitor
Romani Benjamin

Romani has worked in the creative industries for many years, most recently at the Melbourne firm of Dwyer & Co. Romani is a practicing artist specializing in mixed media sculpture, with particular attention to incorporating bronze and glass in her work. Romani works as a consultant at the firm and offers her services to visual artists. She is a founding member of the Key of Sea charity album and a board member of Northcity4, a studio and educational organization in Brunswick. Romani is currently completing her masters on the Australian art market.

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Consultant Solicitor
Peter Ryan

Peter has joined Media Arts Lawyers as a consultant, specialising in trade marks. Peter has experience in all areas of trade mark practice and particularly trade mark prosecution and oppositions. He has acted in numerous local and overseas trade mark and related matters, including for music clients. Before practising in trade marks Peter worked in the music industry, in copyright and management areas for Allans Publishing in Melbourne and Music Sales in Sydney. Peter has a particular interest in music law and songwriting, and has provided music related pro bono advice to Arts Law over the years. He holds post grad qualifications in IP law, and editing and publishing.

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Rob Glass

Rob Glass joined the firm in 2014, having previously worked at a Chambers and Legal 500 listed intellectual property firm in Australia and a commercial firm in New Zealand. Rob draws on more than 10 years experience working in the music industry to provide pragmatic legal advice to some of Australia’s leading DJs, producers, managers, labels and events, drafting and negotiating the deals that form the backbone of the business. Rob’s digital media experience has included working with technology clients, design studios, software and app developers, and online content distributors drafting documentation and structuring deals for new and established businesses.

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Marcus Walkom

Marcus has experience in both litigation and commercial law having practiced in Australia and the UK. Marcus has represented artists, managers, labels, publishers and producers from the UK, North America, Europe, Scandinavia, India and Australia. He is a keen musician and has a particular interest in working with new and emerging artists. Marcus also holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce majoring in Finance.

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Yasmin Naghavi

Yasmin practises in commercial and entertainment law, particularly in relation to digital media and design; representing local and international digital service providers (DSPs), developers and design companies. In addition, Yasmin advises musicians, film makers, authors, producers, managers, fashion designers, photographers and radio talent in relation to a broad range of legal issues. Yasmin has extensive commercial experience having transitioned to law after a career in business brokerage and currently as the Business Affairs Manager for Rubber Records. Yasmin holds a Juris Doctor (hons) and an MBA.

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Frankie-Rae Alexander

Frankie-Rae cut her teeth working on high profile corporate transactions within the music industry; particularly leading up to settlement and advising in relation to the Corporations Act and regulatory compliance. She also has experience working with festival owners and organisers in both the film and music industries and advising clients on matters including employment and privacy laws, terms of trade, business structures and shareholders agreements. Frankie is also responsible for the firm’s commercial and residential property and conveyancing matters. Frankie holds a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University.

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Chloe Martin-Nicolle

Chloe has experience in both litigation and commercial law. She has worked on copyright litigation matters including the High Court matter of Roadshow Films v iiNet, and has commercial experience working for radio stations, image providers and large corporate entities. More recently, Chloe has been working with artists, managers, record labels, publishers and fashion designers in all facets of commercial and entertainment law. Chloe holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours as well as a Bachelor Degree in Business majoring in Management.

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Sarah Broome

Sarah has recently been admitted to practice law in Victoria after completing her practical legal training at Media Arts Lawyers. Sarah has travelled and lived in the UK assisting an in house legal team with contract and corporate governance administration. Sarah has experience assisting with property transfers, breaches of copyright, contractual matters and compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct. Sarah’s interests include trademarks, film, books and music with a particular focus on local music. In particular Sarah has assisted artists with bookings and promotion.

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Maria Amato is the firm’s CFO. With over twenty years’ experience in the entertainment industry, Maria is a Board Member of Music Victoria and the principal of Results Management – a company she setup in 1994 to provide CFO and bookkeeping services to a broad range of clients. Maria also provides forensic accounting services and has successfully delivered innovative solutions to streamline business processes, cut costs and increase profitability.

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