The Arts Law Centre of Australia, a not-for-profit organisation, is the national community legal centre for the arts. It 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.
The Arts Law Centre of Australia has a specialised Indigenous service, Artists in the Black. Artists in the Black aims to increase access to advice and information about the legal rights of Indigenous artists and organisations in a culturally appropriate way thanks to the help of Indigenous staff.
The Australian Copyright Council is an independent, non-profit organisation. Its mission is to advance the arts and the creative industries in Australia by promoting the value of copyright.
Terri Janke is an Indigenous lawyer who has published numerous useful publications on ICIP some of which are listed on the ICIP information sheets page.
WIPO has a Traditional Knowledge section which has been working on a range of ICIP programs including:
- Intergovernmental committee on draft provisions for the protection of traditional cultural expressions, traditional knowledge and genetic resources.
- Creative heritage project.
- Database of existing codes, guidelines, practices which contains examples of codes, guidelines, policies, protocols and standard agreements relating to recording, digitising and dissemination of cultural heritage with an emphasis on intellectual property issues.
Desert Knowledge CRC was a research institution which focused on creating useful outcomes, with commercial application for desert people, communities and partners.
Provides links to resources on Indigenous art and the law.
IP Australia is the federal government agency that grants rights in patents, designs and trademarks.
IP Australia’s new resource, the Dream Shield project, features intellectual property (IP) success stories and tips for Indigenous inventors, designers and business owners. The Dream Shield project shows real examples of how to protect and grow your IP.
In addition to the development of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UNPFII has examined the issues of protection of Indigenous traditional knowledge through work of special rapporteur Michael Dodson.
UNESCO has developed the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and provides usefgul resources relevant to the convention including a kit on intangible cultural heritage.