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. 

Client News

5 days ago

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”

Client News

5 months ago

We would like to send a special congratulations to our clients who have won ARIA Awards for 2014 in the following categories:

Best Classical Album: Lior / Sydney Symphony Orchestra / Nigel Westlake – Compassion

Engineer of the Year: Eric J Dubowsky for Chet Faker – Built On Glass (Future Classic)

Producer Of The Year: Nicholas Murphy for Chet Faker – Built on Glass (Future Classic)

Best Cover Art: Tin & Ed for Chet Faker – Built On Glass (Future Classic)

Client News

Native Tongue Music Publishing are having a superb couple of months as they now add Courtney Barnett to their repertoire!

Client News

We are very proud and excited that so many of our clients have had such a successful year in the music industry! Sending out a huge congratulations to our clients who have been nominated for 2014 ARIA Awards, in no particular order:

Album Of The Year:
Chet Faker – Built on Glass (Future Classic)

Best Adult Contemporary Album:
Gossling – Harvest Of Gold (Dew Process)

Best Blues and Roots Album:
The Audreys – Til My Tears Rolls Away (ABC Music/UMA)

Best Country Album:
The McClymonts – Here’s To You & I (Island Records Australia/UMA)

Best Dance Release:
Flume and Chet Faker – Drop The Game (Future Classic)
Nicky Night Time – Everybody Together (onelove/Xelon)
Peking Duk featuring Nicole Millar – High (Vicious Bitch/Universal)
RÜFÜS – Sundream (Sweat It Out/ Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
The Presets – No Fun (Modular/Universal)

Best Group:
Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars (Golden Era Records/Island Records Australia/UMA)
RÜFÜS – Sundream (Sweat It Out/ Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Violent Soho – Saramona Said (I Oh You/Illusive/UMA)
5 Seconds of Summer5 Seconds of Summer (EMI)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album:
DZ Deathrays – Black Rat (I Oh You/Illusive/UMA)
The Amity Affliction – Let The Ocean Take Me (Roadrunner Records Inc)

Best Male Artist:
Chet Faker – Built On Glass (Future Classic)
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine (Liberation Music)

Best Independent Release:
Chet Faker – Built On Glass (Future Classic)
Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine (Liberation Music)
Violent Soho – Saramona Said (I Oh You/Illusive/UMA)

Best Pop Release:
5 Seconds Of Summer – 5 Seconds Of Summer (EMI)

Best Rock Album:
KINGSWOOD – Microscopic Wars (Dew Process)

Best Urban Album:
Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars (Golden Era Records/Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
Illy – Cinematic (Warner Music Australia)

Breakthrough Artist:
Chet Faker – Built On Glass (Future Classic)
The Kite String Tangle – Vessel EP (Warner Music Australia)
5 Seconds Of Summer – 5 Seconds Of Summer (Capitol/EMI)

Best Australian Live Act (as voted by the public):
Boy And Bear – (Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)
RÜFÜS (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)
Tame Impala (Universal Music Australia)
The Presets (Modular/Universal)
Violent Soho (I Oh You/Illusive/UMA)

Client News

5 months ago

We had a stellar evening at the 2014 AIR Awards last night and would like to thank Australian Independent Record Labels Association for putting on such an outstanding event in the Australian music calendar and of course send our congratulations to our clients that took home the following awards:

Best Independent Artist
courtney barnett

Best Independent Album
Violent Soho – Hungry Ghost

Best Independent Label

Best Independent Single or EP
Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener

Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album
Violent Soho – Hungry Ghost

Best Independent Dance, Electronica Album

Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single
Peking Duk featuring Nicole Millar – High

Best Independent Hip Hop Album
Remi. – Raw x Infinity

Carlton Dry Global Music Grant

MAL News

5 months ago

Stephen King, Partner and music guru at MAL will be attending this year’s West Australian Music Industry Awards, Festival and Conference from 6 – 8 November. Stephen will be providing free consults to those attending WAMi so if you would like to discuss all things legal and industry related please contact him on

MAL News

4 months ago

David Vodicka and Sarah Broome from MAL are excited to be attending this year’s PAX Australia on Sunday 2 November in Melbourne. Feel free to drop them a note via email if you would like to touch base – and

Interesting Article

4 months ago

what constitutes an infringing use? Inspiration vs sampling? We’re still none the wise on the bizarre Marvin Gaye estate v Robin Thicke as the matter continues to trial!

MAL News

4 months ago

Don’t forget to contact Stephen King if you would like to arrange a consult with him while you are in Perth attending the West Australian Music Industry Awards. Please contact

Interesting Article

4 months ago

Spotify head honcho Daniel Ek responds to Taylor pulling a

Going to Face The Music this Saturday? David Vodicka and Yasmin Naghavi are giving advice as part of the FREE legal consultation session supported by Arts Law Centre of Australia. Ask for us by name. Bookings essential

4 months ago

Client News

big congrats to Burkhard Dallwitz for his win at last nights APRA|AMCOS 2014 Screen Music Awards for Best Television Theme for his theme for “Fat Tony & Co”

Client News

5 months ago

congrats again to the delightful Missy Higgins on debuting her new album ‘Oz’ at #3 on the ARIA charts!

Client News

6 months ago

big congrats to our long time client Josh Pyke on signing his new deal with Wonderlick Entertainment and Sony Music

Client News

6 months ago

Huge news for Native Tongue Music Publishing who have just added Prince to their publishing catalogue, congratulations!!


Industry Insight

7 months ago

Want to understand what’s behind the most recent beef between the independent music sector and YouTube? Yasmin Naghavi shares her thoughts in the latest Arts Law Centre of Australia newsletter.

Mega awesome client news

7 months ago

Congrats to Breeder on this remarkable achievement! An Emmy. An EMMY! So proud to be working with these guys!

Client News

Congrats again to Hilltop Hoods for a massive #1 on the ARIA charts (more than doubling sales on the previous weeks #1)!

Client News

6 months ago

congrats to Kimbra on the #5 debut ‘The Golden Echo’ on the ARIA charts this week, and as well to Violent Soho for the remarkable success of ‘Hungry Ghost’ at #11 after 37 weeks!

Client News

6 months ago

congrats on a stellar entry on this week’s ARIA chart for KINGSWOOD at #6 for their debut album “Microscopic Wars”. Hoorah!

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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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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 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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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-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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