Art and the law

The VCAA Study Design states that students are expected to have knowledge of ‘the legal obligations and ethical considerations involved in the use of the work of other artists in the making of new artwork, including a familiarity with appropriation and originality, copyright law, licensing agreements and the moral right of artists.’

This key knowledge refers to the laws that are in place to support artists protect their work against unwanted use, such as unapproved appropriation. It covers not only the law of copyright, but the moral rights of an artist which have been protected by law since 2000. Students are expected to understand the content of the laws as well as be able to apply them to previously unknown situations.

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