Intellectual property and contracts can be a delicate and tricky issue in the creative industries, and it is important for craftspeople, designers and makers to be aware of the ways they can best protect their work and ideas.

Hosted by Ian McDonald, Special Counsel with Simpsons law firm, this session will provide expert information on copyright and intellectual property issues specific to craft-practitioners , including:-

  • What are the principles of copyright and intellectual property law that are important to understand?
  • How can we protect our practice, our work and ideas before a crisis hits?
  • How can we be respectful of intellectual property within our wider craft community?
  • How can we strengthen our brands and intellectual property in positive ways?

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2022.
Time: 6-7 pm
Where: Online - Zoom Webinar
Price: Free for Craft Victoria Members
$20 for Non-members
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*Please note. This event is a live Zoom Webinar and audience members' cameras and microphones will be switched off. Auto-generated closed captions are available. For further information on how to activate closed captions please read here

Ian McDonald has been a Special Counsel with Simpsons law firm since April 2011. Prior to joining Simpsons, Ian was the principal of a boutique copyright law firm and before that worked for 17 years specialising in copyright at the Australian Copyright Council at which he became a Senior Lawyer.

Ian is one of Australia’s leading copyright lawyers and has been recommended in the leading international legal review guide Legal 500.
He is a well-known and popular speaker and writer on copyright, moral rights and performer’s rights. Since the beginning of 2014, Ian has also lectured in “Cultural Property, Ethics and Law” in the Master of Art Administration at the University of New South Wales Art & Design (what was the College of Fine Arts), covering – among other things – topics as diverse as sedition, privacy, defamation, obscenity, censorship and governance issues relating to museums and galleries.

This event is presented as part of Vic Law Week 2022. View the full program via