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

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. 

MAL News

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We are super excited today to have moved into our new Auckland office in Sandringham and even more excited about the Taite Music Prize tonight which we are proud to be a supporting partner. Stephen King will be down at GalatosLive tonight so come say hi!!

Client News

6 days ago

Great piece in Billboard about our clients Future Classic / Flight Facilities / Chet Faker / Flume / Ta-kubillboard.com

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MAL News

Last month

Here at MAL we are very proud to be sponsor’s of the Taite Music Prize 2015 event being held this Wednesday night. The Taite Music Prize will reward the outstanding talent in the New Zealand music industry.indies.co.nz

Industry News

Last month

The Taite Music Prize and Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) Classic Record have been announced! A big Congratulations to Jakob who took home the Taite Music Prize with their Album “Sines” and Herbs (band) with “What’s Be Happen?” who received the IMNZ Classic Record.stuff.co.nz

MAL News

Last month

Like free beer, nibbles and legal insight? Marcus Walkom and Peter Ryan from MAL will be heading to White Sky Music on Tuesday 28 April @ 6.30pm to have a casual chat with White Sky Hub tenants and extended invitees about any legal and trademarking questions and concerns artists and creatives might have. Details and RSVP at: www.whiteskyhub.com.au/events

MAL News

Last month

we’re quietly pleased to be named by Doyle’s Guide (somewhat more part of the mainstream legal fraternity) as a recommended firm in their list of Leading Victorian Copyright & Soft IP Law Firms, 2015doylesguide.com

Interesting Article

30 days ago

fascinating recount of the problems of sample clearance and making sure you really do own the infringed material before you sue! Sony 1 / Composer 0!hollywoodreporter.com

MAL News

18 days ago

Sydney Creatives take note! This Saturday, David, Julian and Yasmin are all speaking at Jacky Winter Gives You The Business. It’s nearly sold out – so if you’re hungry for business knowledge, don’t miss out! Also, there will be gifs. http://jackywinter.givesyouthe.biz/ #jwgytb cc The Jacky Winter Group Design is Kinky

Client News

Great to see Throttle‘s new single ‘Together’ as the feature promo track for the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) 2015. Check it out below:youtube.com

Media Arts Lawyers Milk Shadow Books Comics Win Ledger Awards

Client News

Last month

Congrats to Milk Shadow Books’s cartoonists Jase Harper and Tim Molly for each taking home an award from this years’ The Ledger Awards!

MAL News

2 months ago

A reminder to all those Musicians Network members that David Vodicka will be attending the YPO – Young Presidents’ Organization WPO Musician’s Network at the Convention Center in Melbourne this Wednesday 25 March! #YPOGLC

Media Arts Lawyers Sponsors the Ledger Awards

MAL News

Last month

We’re proud to be one of the sponsor’s for tonights The Ledger Awards which recognises outstanding talent in the Australian comic book community!2015 Ledger Awards Ceremony

Media Arts Lawyers Congratulates APRA Award Winners

Client News

Last month

Here’s to another successful APRA Awards night! Congratulations to our clients who took home the following awards:

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year – 5 Seconds of Summer
Dance Work Of The Year – Joel Fletcher feat. Savage
Rock Work Of The Year – Stonefield “Love You Deserve”
Urban Work Of The Year – Illy “Tightrope”
Most Played Australian Work Overseas – Gotye feat. Kimbra “Somebody That I Used To Know”apraamcos.com.au

MAL News

2 months ago

We are excited to announce that David Vodicka will be attending the YPO – Young Presidents’ Organization WPO Musicians Network MiM as part of the Global Leadership Conference in Melbourne on 25 March 2015. #YPOGLC

MAL News

2 months ago

Check out the link below to view our very own Julian Hewitt discussing our role as lawyers in the entertainment industry.australasianlawyer.com.au

Pharrell Williams Blurred Lines Money

Interesting Article

2 months ago

One of the perils of litigation – disclosure! Interesting to see what has been earned by the “Blurred Lines” participants. hollywoodreporter.com

Industry News

3 months ago

The Jacky Winter Group conference JWGYTB is happening this weekend! Tickets are almost sold out, so get in quick to avoid missing this rare opportunity for exposure to the industry’s leading business gurus!jackywinter.com

Client News

3 months ago

A big congratulations to The McClymonts for winning two awards at the Country Music Awards in Tamworth for Sanity Top Selling Australian Album of the Year and Country Music Capital News Group.country.com.au

Media Arts Lawyers Rob Glass Aston Shuffle Gold Plaque

It’s a good day at the Sydney office today as Rob Glass takes delivery of a gold plaque for The Aston Shuffle’s track Tear It Down!

Industry News

3 months ago

Reminder to all those creatives out there that the The Jacky Winter Group Gives You The Business conference is on 14-15 February and tickets are selling fast!! It is a great opportunity to learn new skills that will add real value to your business.www.smh.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 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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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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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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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 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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Solicitor
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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Solicitor
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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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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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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