Getting legal advice

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Get advice before you sign on the dotted line
1 March 2012
Writers Victoria

Been offered a publishing contract? Need advice on how to protect your intellectual property? Want to make sure you avoid litigation?

The following organisations can provide legal or contractual advice to help you.

Arts Law Centre of Australia

Arts Law provides legal advice and information on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters including contracts, copyright, business structures, defamation, insurance, employment and taxation to artists and arts organisations across all art forms.

You will find many helpful resources on the website. Visit their website for sample agreements, information sheets, articles, case studies, checklists, guides, seminar papers and books relating to writing, which all help to better protect and promote yourself.

If they are unable to help you, Arts Law provide a referral service to recommend a suitably qualified lawyer.

Phone: 1800 221 457
Address: The Gunnery, 45–51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

Australian Copyright Council

The Australian Copyright Council publishes over 80 information sheets on their website concerning a range of copyright matters. The Council may be able to provide information about issues raised in an enquiry, if you’ve read the relevant information on their website and were unable to find an answer.

Phone: 02 8815 9777

Address: PO Box 1986, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

Australian Society of Authors (ASA)

The Australian Society of Authors primarily covers prose writers and provides members with quick and inexpensive contract advice.

The website has a list of contract FAQs. ASA also have a number of informative documents on contracts (although you’ll need to pay, unless you’re a member), and provide a contract assessment service.

Phone: 02 9211 1004
Address: Suite C1.06, 22–36 Mountain Street, Ultimo NSW 2007

Australian Writers Guild

The Australian Writers' Guild represents writers for film, television, radio, stage and multimedia. It gives free contract and other legal advice to members.

Phone: 1300 552 228
Address: 8/50 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)

MEAA is the union and professional organisation which covers everyone in the media, entertainment, sports and arts industries (including journalists,).

Phone: 1300 656 513
Address: 245 Chalmers Street, Redfern NSW 2016

Alex Adsett

Alex is a publishing consultant and literary agent who offers commercial contract advice to authors and publishers, including for print, digital, film and self-publishing contracts.

Phone: 0431 87 47 87
Address: PO Box 510, Moorooka QLD 4105