Launceston City Council, Tasmania

About This Organisation

Launceston City Council, Tasmania

About this Organisation

traffic-light-stopLaunceston is a city in the north of the state of Tasmania, Australia, at the junction of the North Esk and South Esk rivers where they become the Tamar River. Launceston, population over 106,000, is the second largest city in Tasmania after the state capital Hobart. CC Wikipedia

About this Report

Competitions or appeals seeking submissions of creative works from the public, works such as photos, videos, poems, music, etc., are reviewed by the Artists' Bill of Rights campaign. The reviews are to help you decide whether or not you should participate in the competition or appeal. When you create a work (e.g. a photo) the law automatically makes you the sole beneficiary of certain rights over that work. These rights are called intellectual property rights. Note: Rights for works created in the course of employment are usually owned by the employer (i.e. works for hire).

Rights have a value and you are free to decide what that value is. If a person or organisation wants to use your work to promote something, you have the right to refuse permission or to set a fee for a specific use. More information about intellectual property rights and their value to you can be read in our Guide to Rights & Licensing.

How this Organisation's Competitions or Appeals are Listed

Listed below in order of closing date are the competitions or appeals promoted by this organisation that we have reviewed.  For each we detail how their terms and conditions will exploit your rights. To read our review(s) just click on any competition/appeal title below.

Appeal for Photographs; ongoing

Appeal for Photographs


This appeal by Launceston City Council for photographs appears on the 'Engaging with the Community' page of their website. On that page Launceston City Council say "The Council welcomes photos to promote our city, services and activities. If you have a photo that you would like to see used for this purpose please fill out the Talent release form (PDF 80KB) if applicable, as well as the Photograph release form (PDF 73KB) and email to the Council's This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "

The Photograph Release form contains the following statement;

I give permission to the Launceston City Council to use the photograph/s that I have taken. I understand that the photograph/s will remain the property of the Launceston City Council as part of its Image Library to be used in publications, advertising, promotional and marketing material and on its website in order to promote its services, facilities and Launceston as a city. I understand that if used, the photograph/s will not be acknowledged as my work.


The following notes explain how the above terms and conditions affect your rights in respect of any works you submit to the above competition or appeal.

  1. The terms and conditions do not state you will not be credited when your work is reproduced. One of your most important moral rights is that you should be credited as the author of a work whenever it is reproduced.

  2. The terms and conditions are granting Launceston free use of your work for ever. It is normal practice for the public and private sector to pay for goods and services. The Artists Bill of Rights has special provisions for charitable appeals by recognised charities but Launceston City Council is not a charity. They are already funded by its citizens via taxes and can use these funds to purchase the services it needs, such as photography.

  3. The terms and conditions grant Launceston the right to use your work to promote its services. You should be given the right to negotiate an appropriate fee for the specific use they want to make of your work and to set a time limit on such use. You should also have the right to refuse use of your work. For further information on fees and licensing refer to the Introduction to Rights and Licensing.

For further guidance please read the Bill of Rights for Artists.


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To write to the organiser and urge them to adopt the principles set out in the Artists' Bill of Rights use this this email address; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Alternatively you may contact any of the city's elected representatives via the email addresses given on the their Mayor and Aldermen page.

If time is at a premium for you we have prepared a complaint email which you can copy and send to Launceston.

The Artists' Bill of Rights campaign depends on your active support, your help will make a difference.

Updated on 23/09/2011 : 14:52:51

About the Artists' Bill of Rights

The Artists' Bill of Rights principles for Creative Competitions

Competitions which meet all the standards set out in the Bill of Rights For Artists do not do any of the following -

  • claim copyright
  • claim exclusive use
  • seek waiving of moral rights
  • fail to give a credit for all free usage
  • add, alter, or remove metadata from submissions
  • seek usage rights other than for promoting the contest and no other purpose. Note that a book, posters, cards, or a calendar are seen as legitimate ways of promoting the contest and defraying costs
  • seek free usage rights in excess of 5 years
  • use the submissions commercially without the entrant's agreement, and such commercial usage is to be subject to a freely negotiated license independently of the competition.
  • make it a condition of winning that an entrant must sign a commercial usage agreement
  • fail to publish all documents on the competition website that an entrant may have to sign
  • fail to name the judges for this or last year's competition
  • fail to explicitly state all the organisations who will acquire rights to the submissions
  • set a closing date more than 18 months after the contest launch date
  • fail to make clear statements of rights claimed and how submissions are used.

We have written an Organisers Guide to the Bill of Rights to help organisers draft terms and conditions that respect the rights of entrants and at the same time provide legal protection for the organiser.

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