Gotye Artist
Flume Artist
Matt Corby Artist
Ian Dicko Dickson TV Personality
Elizabeth Rose Artist
Kingswood Band
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

MEDIA ARTS LAWYERS IS A BOUTIQUE ENTERTAINMENT & COMMERCIAL LAW PRACTICE.

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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. 

Client News

2 months ago

Sending a huge congrats to Flume, with his second album “Skin” debuting at #1 on the Aria Album Charts, #8 on the Billboard Top 200, and taking the top spot on the Dance/Electronic Albums Charts. Phenomenal effort! This stellar review says it all –independent.co.uk

Industry News

3 months ago

We’re proud sponsors of this years’ The Design Conference Brisbane. There’s only a handful of tickets left so don’t miss out – it’s going to be a cracker!

Client News

3 months ago

happy as always to be part of this great Hilltop Hoods / APRA AMCOS initiative!

Client News

3 months ago

congrats to Graeme Connors on the debut of his new album “60 Summers” at #11 on the ARIA charts. Awesome effort! http://www.graemeconnors.com/graemeconnors.com

Client News

4 months ago

So incredible to see Hilltop Hoods packing out Rod Laver with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night. Their sell out show made it the biggest ever attendance at an Australian hip hop event – remarkable! We recorded a small snippet at the end (you know, cos you can’t live your life behind a camera). Whilst it’s not the same as being there, it almost captures the rapturous energy in the room and totally evidences why they are such a great live act.

Interesting Article

4 months ago

No Stairway, Denied! Be interesting to see how this infringement claim plays out now it’s being put to a jury trial in the UStheguardian.com

Client News

4 months ago

Big congratulations to all those winners at the APRA AMCOS Music Awards last night but a special hug/shout out to our super talented clients: Tame Impala, Hilltop Hoods, courtney barnett, Jarryd James music, and Peking Duk feat. SAFIA.apraamcos.com.au

NSW LOCK OUT LAWS

4 months ago

Liquor Law Review Submissions close today, 4th April 2016.

The Hon Ian Callinan will be reviewing the amendments to liquor licensing to determine the effectiveness of the 10pm take-away alcohol restrictions and the 1.30am lock out/3am cease sale laws.

Below is the website where you can find a background paper on the issues in review and statistics involved.

Anyone can make a submission and the content can be as simple as detailing how the laws have negatively affected your ability to get work as a musician or DJ or how the laws have negatively affected Sydney’s vibrant music scene.

Submissions must be in PDF format and can be emailed to liquorlawreview@justice.nsw.gov.au.liquorlawreview.justice.nsw.gov.au

MAL News

4 months ago

We’re hiring! Check out our job posting for a Commercial IP and Entertainment Lawyer, 3+ years experienceseek.com.au

Interesting Article

6 days ago

if you ever wanted a primer to understand the rather arcane US publishing rights world this is a good and relatively concise summary. Australia/New Zealand simple in comparison.billboard.com

MAL News

3 months ago

The The Design Conference Brisbane kicked off today and it’s a sell out!! Rob Glass from our Sydney office will be giving a masterclass on Thursday and Friday at 1:30pm.thedesignconference.com.au

Interesting Article

29 days ago

upending the traditional management paradigm…billboard.com

Interesting Article

10 days ago

the perils of not having a written management agreement when things go south, those oral agreements can be tough to enforce!billboard.com

MAL News

Last month

If you’re in Newcastle this Saturday be sure to check out MAKEit MADEit Conference at Newcastle Museum, featuring a talk by our own Yasmin Naghavi on the legal stuff you need to know for your creative business.makeitmadeit.com

Client News

Last month

Big congrats to The Woolshed Company on fooling the online world for the last few years with its viral video experiment! Well deserved local and international praise now flowing in for their work. Vid below via The Project

Interesting Article

Last month

the other side of losing an infringement action – court costs!hollywoodreporter.com

MAL News

Last month

great panel last weekend at 2016 Screen Futures Summit and Youth Media Festival moderated by our Yasmin Naghavi which also featured speakers from Screenrights and Copyright Agency Limitedguidebook.com

Client News

2 months ago

Media Arts Lawyers and our office douge Wilko would like to congratulate Flume and Future Classic on the triple platinum selling Single “Never Be Like You”.

MAL News

2 months ago

The latest issue of the Australian Media, Technology and Communications Law Bulletin features our own Sarah Woolcott who considers the ability to protect copyright owners of music from “sound-alikes” through the tort of passing off, and addresses the need for a “right of publicity” cause of action in Australia.

Interesting Article

2 months ago

a succinct rebuttal of commonly deployed arguments around the lack of importance of copyrightcopyright.com.au

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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?

Music

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
    assets;
  • Commercial leases;
  • Trade practices law;
  • Confidentiality agreements;
  • Commercial agreements relevant to
    specific industry needs, including
    licensing, distribution and agency
    agreements;
  • 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
    assets;
  • 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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Partner
David Vodicka

As well as having over 25 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 (AIR), and is a board member of Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA).

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Partner
Stephen King

Stephen practises 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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Partner
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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Solicitor
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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Solicitor
Marcus Walkom

Marcus has experience in all facets of entertainment and commercial law and as a litigator having practiced both in Australia and the UK. With his practice focused primarily on the music industry, Marcus has represented high profile artists, managers, producers, labels, publishers, festivals, events and start-ups  throughout the world, and with a particular interest in working with new and emerging talent he has assisted in procuring, negotiating and advising on local and international deals for his clients. Marcus also runs independent label and management company ‘We Are Golden’.

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Solicitor
Yasmin Naghavi

Yasmin practises in creative industries law, representing world-class graphic and motion design studios, creative agencies, illustrators, streaming services, authors, managers, fashion designers, brands and digital influencers, format and content creators, photographers, tv/radio talent and app developers. Holding both a Juris Doctor (hons) and an MBA, Yasmin combines experience with deeply entrenched expertise, industry insight, and a passion for the creative sector.  Working in close partnership with her clients, she brings clarity to their legal rights and obligations, and advises with the intention of achieving the very best strategic and commercial outcome. Committed to giving back to the industry, she’s also a serving board member of the Creative Women’s Circle.

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Solicitor
Amanda Mason

Amanda has experience in music industry, intellectual property and commercial law and has represented a wide variety of clients including bands, artists, managers, record labels, promoters, producers, publishers, media outlets and a diverse range of commercial entities. She also spent three years as the assistant editor of Heavy Music Magazine and currently manages artists, runs events and plays an active role in the local music scene. Her involvement in these activities provides her with a unique perspective that allows her to best understand and anticipate the needs of her clients. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Laws as well as a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Music Business Management.

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Solicitor
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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Solicitor
Sarah Woolcott

Sarah has experience in both entertainment law and real property law, and has been working in the music industry for 10 years. She was previously the Licensing / Synchronisations Manager at major record label, Warner Music Australia. She has negotiated deals with television networks, film producers and directors, advertising agencies, local and international artists and artist managers, music supervisors, music publishers and other record labels. Sarah also has experience in conveyancing matters, and holds a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts (with Honours), a C.Mus.A Diploma in Piano and a Juris Doctor.

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Consultant Solicitor
Tania Petsinis

Having been legal counsel for the likes of Southern Cross Austereo, Marsh Insurance and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, Tania has provided valuable input on a vast array of commercial matters, negotiating high level agreements and working closely with executives in the delivery of practical solutions from both a commercial and regulatory perspective. Tania joined MAL in 2015 and practices in the areas of general commercial, intellectual property, media and entertainment; with a particular focus on talent representation, hospitality, trade marks and brand protection, property, and creative industries. Tania holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) and a Graduate Diploma in Communications Law.

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Para-Legal
Luisa Frederico

With a background in communications media and marketing, Luisa joined Media Arts Lawyers as a paralegal in 2015 whilst undertaking the Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne. Now in her graduate year, Luisa combines her a passion for the creative industries, new business and innovative technologies, with a keen interest in intellectual property law and media law. Luisa is also concerned with regulation and policy reform having completed her thesis in the area. Luisa holds a Juris Doctor, a Bachelor of Business (marketing) and a Bachelor of Arts (communications).

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Para-Legal
Sarah Christie

Sarah is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, majoring in Media Arts Production, and a Bachelor of Laws. She joined the firm in 2016 as a paralegal and is passionate about using legal services to help artists achieve their creative goals. Sarah draws on four years of experience in the film and television industry, having worked at a number of Australia’s leading independent production companies. She has a strong sense of commercial awareness and an understanding of option agreements, film financing agreements, management agreements, talent agreements and chain of title issues. Sarah also has a passion for music and has produced music videos for the Sydney duo Cosmo’s Midnight. In 2015, she was awarded the Thomson Reuters Prize for Best Performance in Media Law at UTS.

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Maria Amato is the firm’s CFO. With over twenty-five years’ experience in the entertainment industry, Maria is 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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