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Literary Arts

What Legal Issues are There?

As a writer - whether you write novels, newspaper columns, songs, movie scripts, screen or stage plays - the legal issues you face will usually (but not always) be copyright or defamation related.

You will also at some stage be negotiating, performing and monitoring agreements relevant to your writing which will usually be fairly specific to the type of writing you are doing.  Happily for you, the Australian Writers Guild offers plenty of agreement precedents and pro-formas and some limited advice, but you will be pretty much left on your own when it comes to specific contracts someone wants you to put your name to in relation to specific projects, and you may well find that the usual "precedent agreements" - from whatever source - are not always easy to read.

Written agreements are always necessary to ensure that your rights are protected and that the obligations of the other party (and your obligations too) are very clear.  The only problem with agreements is that you usually only get one chance to get them right - once they are signed, they are usually binding until they terminate, and you will often not have the choice as to when they come to an end.

It is also important before you sign any agreement to ensure that the agreement properly preserves your intellectual property (and other) rights.

How Can We Help?

We are specialists in the areas of law that are relevant to the above issues, and have drafted and advised upon (and where necessary, enforced) many different types of agreements relevant to writers (including fixing up precedent agreements, where they have been used).

As specialists in intellectual property matters, we are also particularly well-placed to ensure that your rights are protected and that any agreements we help you with, in whatever form they take, will be drafted to protect those rights as far as possible.

As a writer, you are expected to perform  - and so are we for you.

You may rest assured that our performance will match our motto - Superior Service. Outstanding Results.