Owning It: A Creative's Guide to Copyright, Contracts and The Law

Owning It: A Creative's Guide to Copyright, Contracts and The Law


By Sharon Givoni

The only fully-illustrated comprehensive guide to Australian copyright, contracts and law for the arts and creative industries!

Not a legal book in the usual sense, renowned Australian intellectual property lawyer Sharon Givoni explains in ‘plain English’ how the law applies to creative industries. Packed with real-life case studies and user-friendly flowcharts and tables that simplify legal terms, processes and procedures, Owning It demystifies the law for creatives.

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Owning It is a comprehensive yet visually stunning reference guide to copyright and intellectual property law written specifically for visual artists, graphic designers, architects, writers & bloggers, fashion designers, illustrators & letterers, photographers, product designers, makers & craftspeople, jewellery & accessory designers, filmmakers, musicians, tattoo artists, street artists, marketing agencies & consultants, retailers, and small business owners.

This hardcover, full-colour book will point you in the right direction regarding: the protection of your designs, trade marks, copyright, reputation, confidential information and other intellectual property (IP); how not to inadvertently infringe someone else’s rights; contract basics; licensing; how the law applies online and to certain aspects of social media; and much more. 

Owning It demystifies: 

  • Copyright

  • Trade marks

  • Moral rights

  • Image use

  • Design registration

  • Contracts

  • Your rights online

  • Business structures

  • Insurance

...and more!

Packed with tips to guide you in:

  • Protecting your brand and IP

  • Starting and growing your creative business

  • Enforcing your rights

  • Using social media

  • Working with lawyers

  • Resolving disputes

  • Achieving positive legal outcomes

Owning It features works from over 140 Australian creatives including Lucas GroganKen DoneLovestarRachel CastleTiel Seivl-KeeversMiranda SkoczekFromage La RueNancybirdThe Gently Unfurling SneakMarnie HawsonJames MorganHours AfterHilary Walker and many more.

About the author

Sharon Givoni is a highly experienced Intellectual Property lawyer, having worked for some of Australia's top-tier law firms and in her own practice for over 15 years. She sits on a number of intellectual property committees, including the IP Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria, and is a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand. Sharon is the General Editor of the highly reputable Intellectual Property Law Bulletin and the Internet Law Bulletin. A passionate advocate for the rights of creatives, Sharon has represented many creative businesses and individuals in her practice, and regularly presents entertaining and informative talks and seminars designed to assist people protect their creative livelihood and know their rights under intellectual property law.

Praise for Owning It

‘[Owning It] is somewhat of a bible of information on the legalities that all creative people should know. Not only is the information easy to understand and written in a very approachable manner, it is also concise and instantly demystifies any legal jargon that may have scared you before.’ 
Beci Orpin, artist, designer, author and creative director

'A valuable book for business-savvy creatives who want information on where they stand legally. Filled with real-life scenarios, tips and practical guidance to protect creative endeavours.' 
James Samargis, former Chairman and Life Member of Craft Victoria

'An indispensable guide to assist artists, designers, creatives and business people to understand the importance of protecting their most important asset—their intellectual property.' 
Cristina Re, Designer

‘While there are many books in the field tailored to readers at various levels of knowledge, this book is noteworthy for the considerable body of examples given to illustrate the legal points. Ultimately, what Givoni succeeds in doing is bringing to life what is usually considered the impenetrable and opaque world of copyright law, thought to be properly understood only by a special group of initiates, which can seem like a universe away from those for whom the law is intended to most benefit.’ 
Colin Golvan, QC