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


For over 20 years, Media Arts Lawyers has given practical and commercial legal advice to individuals, partnerships, companies, NFPs, joint venturers, and other entities throughout the entertainment, media, and creative industries. Acting for high-profile acts and enterprises alongside emerging and fledgling projects, we set the benchmark for creatively strategic legal solutions – no matter the deal size.

Interesting Article

Last month

Emoji are just harmless, funny images at the end of a text, right? Well in the legal industry they are becoming an increasingly serious problem. A court in New Zealand recently had to grapple with Emoji that were placed at the end of death threats, whilst a judge in the Supreme Court of QLD had to decide how to interpret a smiley face Emoji in a will.

Could this developing technological language be upheld as a “a legitimate form of literacy” by the law? Let us know what you think!

Full article:

Spotlight on Independent Theatre: The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) has released their first set of best practice guidelines specifically aimed at Independent Theatre Productions. The guidelines were released in response to long rehearsal hours, little to no remuneration and unsafe work environments in the independent theatre scene. If you’re thinking of putting on a production, or are participating in a show, familiarise yourself with these new standards that are sure to shake up this industry.

Read more here:


24 days ago

Big shout out to our CFO Maria Amato who was listed as one of the top 50 most influential figures in the Australian music industry right now! It is well-deserved recognition of Maria’s significant contributions to the Australian entertainment and music sector over the past 25 years. Congratulations – we are lucky to have you on our team!

See the full list at:

Scoop on Spotify

4 days ago

The music streaming platform that famously allows users to curate their own public playlists is yet again taking interactive music listening to another level. Spotify is launching a new software called ‘Line-In’ that will allow users to edit track details to provide more accurate descriptions of genres, mood, tags, artist roles and other information. Will this ability for everyday people to define the music they are listening to change how we categorise and describe music? Tell us what you think!

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Client news

Last month

Shoutout to our client, Ryan Downey, for signing to Barely Dressed Records! Downey is a Melbourne-based singer songwriter with a growing reputation as one of the most unique voices emerging in the Australian Indie music scene. We are proud to continue supporting local Australian talent and can’t wait to listen to his debut album due to be released in April. Congrats Ryan!

Read more at:


Last month

Triple J’s BIGGEST Hottest 100 was released over the weekend with over 2,386,133 votes cast for Australia’s favourite songs. We were thrilled to see so many of our clients listed, in order of chart appearance

#2 Gang of Youths – Let Me Down Easy | #4 METHYL ETHEL – Ubu | #5 Gang Of Youths – The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows | #9 Vance Joy – Lay It On Me | #10 Gang Of Youths – What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out? | #12 Peking Duk & AlunaGeorge – Fake Magic | #16 The Jungle Giants- Feel The Way I Do | #20 Peking Duk – Let You Down {Ft. Icona Pop} | #21 The Smith Street Band – Birthdays | #25 Amy Shark – Weekends | #27 Winston Surfshirt – Be About You | #31 Touch Sensitive- Lay Down | #32 Hayden James – NUMB {Ft. GRAACE} | #33 Angie McMahon – Slow Mover | #39 Skegss – Got On My Skateboard | #41 Gang Of Youths – Blood {triple j Like A Version 2017} | #44 Allday – In Motion {Ft. Japanese Wallpaper} | #46 Mallrat- Better | #49 The Smith Street Band – Passiona | #50 The Jungle Giants – On Your Way Down* | #55 DUNE RATS – 6 Pack | #57 The Jungle Giants – Bad Dream | #59 The Jungle Giants – Used To Be In Love | #63 E^ST – Life Goes On | #64 Jack River – Fool’s Gold | #67 DZ Deathrays – Shred For Summer | # 68 KINGSWOOD – Golden | #75 Dune Rats – Braindead | #77 The Rubenss – Million Man | #83 Amy Shark – Blood Brothers | #84 Vallis Alps- Oceans | #89 DMA’S – Dawning | #90 Flume- Hyperreal {Ft. KUČKA} | #93 The Presets – Do What You Want | #94 Kim Churchill – Second Hand Car | #96 Cub Sport- Chasin’ | #99 Flight Facilities – Arty Boy {Ft. Emma Louise} |

What a great start to the year! Congratulations all!

Industry Awards

Last month

Congratulations to our partners, David Vodicka, Stephen King and Julian Hewitt who have all made the shortlist for the Industry Observer Awards 2018 Music Lawyer of the Year. It is well-deserved recognition of their continued dedication to supporting artists in the Australian Music Industry – well done guys!

Read full list of nominees at:

Infringement Alert

Last month

The owner of the famous feline internet sensation ‘Grumpy Cat’ has successfully sued a coffee shop in California for AUD$883,000 for breach of a copyright licensing agreement. The café had originally paid Grumpy Cat Ltd a fee to use the famous cat-meme on their ‘Grumpaccino’ iced coffees, but they overstepped the bounds of their agreement when they started to use Grumpy Cat’s image to promote their other products as well.

Are you thinking about using another person (or cat’s!) image to promote your business? To avoid a law suit down the line, make sure you are aware of what you can and can’t do when using an image that isn’t your own.

Full article at:

Client News

25 days ago

the very impressive Stella Donnelly signs to Secretly Canadian as her new label home outside Australia.

Happy International Women’s Day!:

Fun fact – this year marks 100 years since the Women’s Legal Status Act 1918 (NSW) was passed, allowing women in NSW to enter the legal profession for the first time in Australia!

Inviting Applications

Last month

Our clerkship applications are now open for 2018 for any budding lawyers (Sydney or Melbourne) interested in media, entertainment, trade marks, intellectual property, creative industries and hospitality – Fill out your application now for:


Interesting Article

2 months ago

A reminder of the importance of ensuring your event name doesn’t infringe anyone else’s trademark, especially before you go on sale!

In the News

3 months ago

Music streaming continues to have profound impacts on the recording industry. New data sets from Spotify show that users listen to more ‘catalogue’ records (golden oldies) over ‘frontline’ releases (latest hits). This preference to consume older content may have considerable effects on how the major labels choose to market their content and how we evaluate who sits at the top of the charts.

Read more about these exciting new developments here:

Industry Event

3 months ago

Last night the team at Media Arts Lawyers had the pleasure of celebrating another fabulous year of Australian Music at the 2017 ARIA Awards. We were proud to see our clients sweep up the following awards, in no particular order

BEST POP RELEASE: Amy Shark – Night Thinker

BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE: A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST: Amy Shark – Night Thinker

BEST GROUP: Gang of Youths – Go Farther In The Lightness


BEST ROCK ALBUM: Gang of Youths – Go Farther In the Lightness

BEST URBAN RELEASE: AB Original – Reclaim Australia

APPLE MUSIC SONG OF THE YEAR: Peking Duk – Stranger (feat. Elliphant)

APPLE MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Gang of Youths – Go Father In The Lightness

Congratulations! What a wonderful way to wrap up the year – we can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!

Client News

3 months ago

Each year, APRA AMCOS in conjunction with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers present the Screen Music Awards. The ceremony held last week (which is always one of our favourite events of the year) acknowledges excellence and innovation in the field of screen composition. Not only were we treated to performances by Missy Higgins and Briggs (w/ Caiti Baker) – but both artists were honoured with wins in their respective categories:

– Best Television Theme (Fox League Super Saturday) Composed by Briggs, Justin Shave and Charlton Hill; and

– Best Original Song Composed For The Screen (Torchlight from Don’t Tell) Composed by Missy Higgins.

Congrats to all winners and nominees!

Exciting News

4 months ago

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees at the VNZMAs! Big shout out to our clients (in no particular order) who received the following:

Breakthrough Artist of the Year – Aldous Harding
Best Alternative Artist – Aldous Harding
2017’s Highest Selling Album – The Koi Boys “Meant To Be’’
Best Pacific Album – Aaradhna
Best Children’s Album – Anika Moa

Albums of the Year – David Dallas and Aldous Harding
Best Hip Hop Artist – David Dallas
Single of the Year – David Dallas

Industry News

4 months ago

This case serves as a clear warning to all businesses (not just venues) playing music in their premises. Be sure to pay your music licence fees when they fall due or prepare to pay the consequences (also note the personal liability of directors)! If you are unsure as to what your obligations are in respect of collecting societies, give us a call!

The incredible Stella Donnelly is off to the UK next week, and after sweeping the WAM awards has just dropped a stunning and timely video:

Industry News

4 months ago

MAL’s Amanda Mason will be part of the panel on ‘Deal-Breaking Dealio$’ tomorrow at 12:10pm at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia as part WAMCon. Look forward to seeing you there!

More Exciting News

5 months ago

Congratulations to all our clients that received nominations for the 2017 ARIA Awards, in no particular order

Amy Shark – Night Thinker

A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia
Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

Pete Murray – Camacho

AB Original – Reclaim Australia
Amy Shark – Night Thinker
Tkay Maidza – TKAY

Amy Shark – Drive You Mad
Client Liaison – A Foreign Affair
Client Liaison – Off White Limousine
Gang of Youths – The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows
Kirin J Callinan – SAD

The McClymonts – Endless

Peking Duk– Stranger (feat. Elliphant)
The Kite String Tangle – The Kite String Tangle
Dom Dolla & Torren Foot – Be Randy

Amy Shark – Night Thinker
Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let the Kids Win

Vance Joy – Lay It On Me

AB Original – Reclaim Australia
Gang of Youths – Go Farther In The Lightness
Peking Duk – Stranger (feat. Elliphant)

Client Liaison
Gang of Youths
Peking Duk
Violent Soho

Airbourne– Breakin’ Outta Hell
Northlane – Mesmer

DUNE RATS – The Kids Know It’s Bullshit
Gangs Of Youth – Go Farther In The Lightness

AB Original – Reclaim Australia
Remi. – Divas & Demons
Tkay Maidza – TKAY

Amy Shark – Adore
Peking Duk – Stranger (feat. Elliphant)

AB Original – Reclaim Australia
Amy Shark – Night Thinker
Gang of Youths – Go Farther In The Lightness

Best of luck to all of our clients! We are so proud to represent such a broad range of Australian talent and can’t wait to celebrate another year of amazing Australian music.

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

Our clients include Grammy & ARIA award winning musicians, Logie awarded tv and film talent, international fashion houses, APRA|AMCOS winning composers, Emmy awarded production companies, entertainment and media companies, award winning creative agencies, streaming services & technology platforms, labels, publishers, national festivals & events, designers, authors, influencers, content creators, venues, illustrators, top-rating radio presenters, managers, agents and industry bodies.

Our clients include (in no particular order):

Jack Charles, AstroApps, Kylie Minogue, Timmy Trumpet, Ruel, Tkay, 360, Ziggy Alberts, Briggs/Bad Apples, Dr Drew Berry, Scott Pickett, Bounce Patrol, The O’Neill Twins, Josephmark, The Jacky Winter Group, Projects of Imagination, Electric Lady, Ellery, Beyond the Valley, Pitch, Grapevine Gathering, Grow Your Own Festival, Yours and Owls, Untitled Group, Nick Scali Furniture, United Places, AIR, IMNZ, MMF New Zealand, Wonderlick, Teamwrk, Airbourne, Tame Impala, Mammal Sounds, Lucky Entertainment, Peking Duk, RUFUS, Future Classic, Matt Corby, Pitch Music Festival, SoundSauce Licensing, Oh Yeah Wow, Projucer, Gambit Media, NB Content, Reymond Communicatoins, Soda Communications, Downtown Music Publishing, Native Tongue, Heather Maltman, Em Rusciano, Nick Gill, Cricket Australia, Matt Preston, Simone Giertz, Mighty Car Mods, San Holo, Courtney Barnett, Gang of Youths, Daniel Johns, Stella Donnelly, Pieater, The Amity Affliction, The Teskey Brothers, Spinning Top Music, Onelove, Throttle, Kingswood, Association of Artist Managers, Big Scary, and many others.


A good structure and operation sets the foundation for every successful creative enterprise we represent. Our firm has been instrumental in structuring and negotiating over $150 million in commercial transactions during the last five years.

From endorsement deals to takedown notices we understand the ins and outs of the highs and lows of the exploitation of your image.

A notoriously tricky area of law, we can guide you through these muddy waters (both pre and post-publication) to help you protect your brand and personal reputation.

Design is everywhere. We understand what goes into running and working with design and creative industries.  

From standalone websites to gaming engines, we assist clients throughout all stages from idea inception to MVP to launch to sales/acquisitions.

We advise not just the legal position in relation to HR matters but also the commercial realities of what it is to employ/contract or be employed in Australia or New Zealand.

We understand how and when the Copyright/Design overlap occurs and what steps you need to take to protect and exploit your designs.

There is a huge amount of risk involved when putting on a live event of any sort. We’ve acted for clients from all sides so can assist with all aspects of one-off or ongoing live performance events and shows.  

Given the crossover between hospitality, design, celebrity, sponsorships, endorsements, events, television, and IP, it was inevitable that we also represent the cream of the Australian hospitality scene.

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 rights, in Australia, New Zealand and pretty much anywhere in the world.

Our core business developed within the music industry, so we can assist with everything from basic advice to deal structure and negotiation to drafting agreements to dispute resolution.

Our clients often need legal assistance with matters outside of the entertainment industry, and we regularly advise on property (sales, purchases, leases) and estate matters (wills, probate, estate planning).

The golden age of television has meant more eyes are looking for and creating content in shortform, longform, and limited formats. We advise clients both in front of and behind the camera as well as all the other people that support the creation or distribution of content along the way.

We represent journalists, publishers, and authors of books (fiction and non-fiction), magazines, columns, blogs, articles (longform and shortform) and other online and in-print publications in respect of rights, value, and how those works get used and exploited in other mediums.

We think creatively.

We are the largest entertainment firm in Australasia and our team are amongst the brightest and most experienced in the industry. Whether you require some simple advice or need an experienced international deal-maker, we will always help you achieve the best solution for your needs.

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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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Stephen King

Stephen practises in all facets of commercial and entertainment law; with a particular focus on music, particularly within the independent sector through his representation of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), Independent Music NZ (IMNZ) and numerous independent record labels within Australia, New Zealand and internationally. 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. In addition to Stephen’s music practice, Stephen represents numerous authors, animators, actors, radio and television personalities and clients within digital media including tech developers and Youtube personalities.  Stephen is a Director of Ink Music Publishing and the manager for international artist, Georgi Kay.

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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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Senior Lawyer
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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Senior Lawyer
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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Senior Lawyer
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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Senior Lawyer
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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Amanda Mason

Amanda has experience in music and entertainment law, intellectual property, defamation 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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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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Sarah Christie

Sarah practices in entertainment and commercial law, with a focus on film representation. She joined the firm in 2016 and is passionate about using legal services to help artists achieve their creative goals. Sarah draws on six 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 has worked with a variety of clients including filmmakers, producers, authors, artists, artist managers, record labels and music publishers. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, majoring in Media Arts Production, and a Bachelor of Laws. In 2015, she was awarded the Thomson Reuters Prize for Best Performance in Media Law at UTS.

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Luisa Frederico

Having a background in media communications and marketing, Luisa joined Media Arts Lawyers whilst undertaking the Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne. 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 from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Business (marketing) and a Bachelor of Arts (communications) from Monash University.

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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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