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Raw Law

Raw Law is a series of factsheets that explore the main legal issues for creative people who are presenting their work in public.

You may find Raw Law useful if you are an artist, musician, writer, filmmaker or performer.

It is important for creative people to know what their legal rights are when producing and presenting their work, but it can be hard to know where to start. Raw Law provides simple, accessible legal information for people who experience major barriers to participating in the arts, including artists with disability.

Raw Law covers:

  • What is copyright?
  • What are moral rights?
  • What is a contract?
  • How to protect your work online
  • General legal information for visual artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers and performers.
  • What are the legal steps for taking action?
  • Who can you go to for legal help?

The content of the Raw Law website is for your information only.

The information contained in this website does not constitute, and should be not relied on as, legal advice. Arts Access Victoria (Arts Access) and the Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) recommends seeking advice from a qualified lawyer on the legal issues affecting you before acting on any legal matter.

While Arts Access and Arts Law try to ensure that the content of any information they produce is accurate, adequate or complete, they do not represent or warrant its accuracy, adequacy or completeness. Arts Access and Arts Law are not responsible for any loss suffered as a result of or in relation to the use of this resource and its content. To the extent permitted by law, Arts Access and Arts Law exclude any liability, including any liability for negligence, for any loss, including indirect or consequential damages arising from or in relation to the use of this information.

Information provided in this website in relation to a State or Territory only applies to that State or Territory.

Raw Law was published in 2010.

Raw Law was produced by Arts Access Victoria, with support from the following partners.

Funding Partner: Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioners

Legal Partners: Arts Law Centre of Australia and Middletons law firm

Supporters: Australia Copyright Council, Scope and Sweet.