Question: Who Owns The Copyright To The Australian Flag?

Unlike most other flags around the world, the Aboriginal flag is still protected by copyright.

When the flag was proclaimed as an official flag of Australia in 1995, Thomas’ authorship of the artistic work (that constitutes the flag) was contested..

How much of Australia is Aboriginal land?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights and interests in land are formally recognised over around 40 per cent of Australia’s land mass.

How old is the Aboriginal flag?

The Aboriginal flag was first displayed on 12 July 1971 on National Aborigines Day, at Victoria Square in Adelaide. It was also used at the Tent Embassy in Canberra in 1972.

Are flags royalty free?

Flags are copyrightable just like anything else. Since most flags are first published without a copyright notice, most flags from before 1989 are not copyrighted in the U.S., and all flags from 1989 and later are.

Is the US flag still on the moon?

“America is left with no discernible space program while the moon above us no longer flies a visible US flag.

Who owns the Aboriginal flag and why?

The flag is not in the public domain and won’t be until 70 years after Thomas’ death. Thomas is alive and well, aged 73 and living in Alice Springs. So, for the foreseeable future, use of the flag is controlled by WAM and Thomas.

What does the Australian Aboriginal flag mean?

Form and symbolism The top half is black and the lower half red. … Black – represents the Aboriginal people of Australia. Yellow circle – represents the Sun, the giver of life and protector. Red – represents the red earth, the red ochre used in ceremonies and Aboriginal peoples’ spiritual relation to the land.

Is the Aboriginal flag official?

The Australian Aboriginal Flag represents Aboriginal Australians. It is one of the officially proclaimed flags of Australia, and holds special legal and political status. It is often flown together with the national flag and with the Torres Strait Islander Flag, which is also an officially proclaimed flag.

How much did WAM pay for the Aboriginal flag?

WAM Clothing was established in Nov 2018 and signed a worldwide exclusive agreement with Harold Thomas for the use of the Aboriginal flag on Clothing. What we didn’t know was, Harold licensing agreement with WAM Clothing was for a $20,000 lump sum plus royalties over 10 years.

What is the Australian flag used for?

The Union Jack in the upper left corner represents the history of British settlement. Below the Union Jack is a white Commonwealth, or Federation, star. It has seven points representing the unity of the six states and the territories of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Who owns the rights to the Australian flag?

Australian National Flag Rights and Significance Usage of our flag is shared with Government though, unlike the National Coat of Arms, the Australian National Flag is owned by the people exclusively, under law, through the Commonwealth Flags Act.

Who bought the Aboriginal flag?

Harold ThomasWAM Clothing was granted the exclusive use of the Aboriginal flag on clothing, physical and digital media by its designer and copyright holder, the Luritja artist Harold Thomas, in November 2018.

Why did Harold Thomas sell the Aboriginal flag?

Mr Thomas has said he leased rights to the flag to receive royalties for his artwork, and to prevent knock-offs made overseas. He declined to speak to the BBC, but told an Aboriginal radio station last year that he had endured much criticism over the issue.

Government involvement Many flags and national symbols are commissioned or created for or on behalf of governments. In the United States, government works cannot be protected by copyright under 17 USC Section 105; therefore, the national flag is in the public domain. However, there are restrictions on use of the flag.

Can flags be copyrighted?

Flags, or any other object subject to copyright, are never actively “copyrighted” according to modern intellectual property law. The copyright protection comes naturally, whether you want it or not, when you create a work of art or literature.