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. 

Industry News

5 months ago

With great power comes great responsibility. Pleased to see that Taylor Swift is using her influence for good and not evil #fightthepower #equalityforindies #nosuchthingasafreelunchoriphone

Partners Julian Hewitt and David Vodicka catch up with Sat Bisla and A+R Worldwide at Big Sound in Brisbane last week

MAL News

3 months ago

Partner David Vodicka joins a panel of eminent EDM players (Frank Cotela from onelove, Gabby Colombi from @Global PR and Ivan Gough, with APRA’s Frank Rodi) to talk about Royalties and Nightclubs next Wednesday 2 September at APRA|AMCOS Melbourne office – details below

MAL News

3 months ago

Pick up the latest issue of Desktop Magazine. In it you’ll find a bunch of interesting design industry articles including one featuring our own Yasmin Naghavi and Josephmark Creative Director, Alex Naghavi, shedding some light on the practicalities of copyright in a digital economy.

Interesting Article

4 months ago

who knew chain of title and arguments over whether a work could be in the public domain could be exciting – the latest twists in the “Happy Birthday” litigation –

Client News

4 months ago

huge congrats to Kevin, Jodie and everyone at teams Tame Impala and Spinning Top Music on the incredible charts for the band’s “Currents” worldwide, note the least of which #1 on the ARIA Charts –

Client News

4 months ago

We are very proud to be sponsors of this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival! This year’s festival is off to a stellar beginning with the program launch held last week. To see what is in store this year take a look at the following clip showing highlights from this year’s

Client News

4 months ago

We are super excited to congratulate the Hilltop Hoods on their already #1 ARIA Album “Walking Under Stars” achieving Double Platinum status!

Client News

4 months ago

Want to know more about costume design and working behind the scenes in film and TV? Then you must watch Marion Boyce a very talented Costume Designer discussing her career and what it is like to work in film and TV by following the link below, congratulations on all your achievements Marion!

Client News

12 days ago

Big congrats to the super talented Burkhard Dallwitz on taking home the award for the Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie for The Secret River at the Screen Music Awards

Huge shouts to Flight Facilities x Future Classic for gold sales of Down to Earth. A pleasure to work with such legends.

Client News

Last month

We would like to send a huge congratulations to our clients who have been nominated for ARIA Music Awards 2015 in the following fine arts & artisan categories, in no particular order:

Engineer of the Year:
- Adrian Breakspear and Peter Holz for Gang of Youths – Radioface (Verge / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
- Kevin Parker for Tame Impala – Currents (Modular / Universal Music Australia)

Producer of the Year:
- Damn Moroda for Daniel Johns – Talk (Eleven / EMI)
- Kevin Parker for Tame Impala – Currents (Modular / Universal Music Australia)

Best Cover Art:
- courtney barnett for Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk! Records / Remote Control)
- Timothy Lovett for Flight Facilities – Down To Earth (Future Classic)
- Bjenny Montero for POND – Man It Feels Like Space Again (EMI)
- Nathan Johnson for Gang of Youths – The Positions (Verge / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)

Client News

Last month

sending a huge congratulations to all of our clients hailing from Western Australia who have been nominated for the 2015 WA Music Awards! In no particular order: Tame Impala, POND, Tired Lion, METHYL ETHEL, Ta-ku, Elk Road, Mosquito Coast, GRRL PAL, Coin Banks, Karnivool, Jebediah and Drapht!

Client News

sending a huge congratulations to all of our clients hailing from Western Australia who have been nominated for the 2015 WA Music Awards! In no particular order: Tame Impala, POND, Tired Lion, METHYL ETHEL, Ta-ku, Elk Road, Mosquito Coast, GRRL PAL, Coin Banks, Karnivool, Jebediah and Drapht!

Client News

Last month

Big ups to all those winners at the Australian Independent Record Labels Association Awards last night but a special hug/shout out to our clients:

courtney barnett – Best Independent Artist / Best independent Album / Best Independent Single/EP (Depreston)
No. 1 Dads – Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year
Seth Sentry – Best Independent Hip Hop Album
Flight Facilities – Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album
Hayden James – Best Independent Dance, Electronica Or Club Single

Plus all those involved with the artists Pieater, Macro Music, Falcona & Future Classic.

Phew! Was a big night… Have a listen via the winners playlist on Rdio below!

Client News

Last month

Massive congratulations to Tame Impala for platinum sales of Lonerism.. This is going straight to the pool room.

Client News

Last month

Big congrats to legends KINGSWOOD being announced as special guest openers for none other than AC/DC. Be a monstrously loud tour!

Client News

Last month

thanks so much to Tame Impala for our platinum disc, and congrats to them for “Lonerism” reaching platinum sales! A pleasure to represent such great talents!

Client News

Last month

The nominations for the APRA|AMCOS #ScreenMusicAwards have also been announced and we are super excited to congratulate the following nominees, in no particular order:

Best Original Song Composed for the Screen
- Georgi Kay – Head Full of Lies from Residue

Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie
- Burkhard Dallwitz – The Secret River

Best Music for an Advertisement
- Josh Abraham and Davide Carbone – Tahiti

Client News

It’s time to get excited for the 2015 ARIA Music Awards, nominations are out! We are proud to congratulate our client’s who have been nominated for awards this year. In no particular order -

Telstra Album of the Year
- courtney barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
- Flight Facilities – Down To Earth Future Classic
- Tame Impala – Currents
- Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away

Best Adult Contemporary Album
- Oh Mercy – When We Talk About Love
- Megan Washington – There There

Best Blues and Roots Album
- Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams

Best Country Album
- Mustered Courage – White Lies and Melodies
- Troy Cassar-Daley – Freedom Ride

Best Comedy Release
- Sammy J & Randy – Live

Best Dance Release
- Alison Wonderland – Run
- Flight Facilities – Down To Earth (Future Classic)
- Hayden James – Something About You (Future Classic)
- Peking Duk – Take Me Over feat. SAFIA
- RÜFÜS / RÜFÜS DU SOL – You Were Right

Best Female Artist
- Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

Best Group
- Tame Impala – Currents

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album
- Born Lion – Final Words
- King Parrot – Dead Set

Best Independent Release
- Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
- Jarryd James music – Do You Remember
- Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away

Best Male Artist
- #1 Dads – Nominal
- Jarryd James – Do You Remember
- Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away

Best Pop Release
- Conrad Sewell – Start Again
- Jarryd James – Do You Remember
- Tame Impala – Let It Happen
- Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away

Best Rock Album
- Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
- Dead Letter Circus – Aesthesis
- Gang of Youths – The Positions
- Tame Impala – Currents

Best Urban Album
- Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon
- Seth Sentry – Strange New Past

Breakthrough Artist presented by PPCA
- Conrad Sewell – Start Again
- Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
- Gang of Youths – The Positions
- Jarryd James – Do You Remember

Best Australian Live Act
- Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
- Gang of Youths – Gang of Youths National Tour
– Hilltop Hoods – Cosby Sweater Australian Tour
- Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away Tour

Song Of The Year
- Conrad Sewell – Start Again
- Grace – You Don’t Own Me feat. G-Eazy
- Jarryd James – Do You Remember
- Peking Duk – Take Me Over feat. SAFIA
- Vance Joy – Georgia
- Marlisa Punzalan – Stand By You

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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, 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 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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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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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 creative industries. She represents graphic and motion design companies, illustrators, musicians, digital content services, developers, authors, agents, managers, fashion designers, photographers and radio talent. Yasmin enjoys working in partnership with her clients; empowering them to better understand their legal rights and obligations, and advising in relation to achieving best strategic and commercial outcomes for the particular individual or business. Yasmin holds a Juris Doctor (hons) and an MBA.

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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-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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