ArtlawTV was a series of short films commissioned by Artquest to explore many of the legal issues that artists face when making, showing, selling or distributing their work, presented through actual artistic practice.

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Ben White and Eileen Simpson: A Cultural Commons

Each film comprises an interview with an artist about their work, with an overview of the legal implications of their practice by Henry Lydiate, art legal specialist and author of the Artlaw articles. The films can be viewed here.

The films show how artists respond to and overcome different legal problems in their practice – appropriating other people’s work, using out-of-copyright material, protecting their work from commercial abuse and working with commissioners – with links to other resources that can help if you encounter the same issues.

Art lawyer: Henry Lydiate
Camera: Donald Bousted
Sound: Christian Burnett
Post production: Best Bits Media
Written and produced by: Lubna Gem Arielle
Commissioned by Artquest

ArtlawTV was supported by Arts Council England.

View the Artlaw TV films here.

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This article is from the Artlaw Archive of Henry Lydiate's columns published in Art Monthly since 1976, and may contain out of date material. The article is for information only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Readers should consult a solicitor for legal advice on specific matters. Artists can get free online legal information from Artquest.