Did you know that the Aboriginal Flag is copyrighted?
Well it is, and we have been served a 'Cease and Desist' notice from WAM Clothing for celebrating the Aboriginal Flag on our 'Clothing the Gap' products we were given 3 working days to sell all our flag stock. Otherwise, we faced legal action.
Find out more about the journey here.
6 things you can do to help Free the Flag
As the name suggests, the Free the Flag movement aims to:
Free the Aboriginal [-0-] flag from its current licensing agreements and see Aboriginal people have equal rights and access to their flag.
We want the Aboriginal flag to be treated like every other recognized national flag in the world. We are the only race in the world, that has to pledge our allegiance to flag that is a piece of private property.
We want to celebrate the Aboriginal flag without asking for permission. We want free consent.
We want to see more Black flags in the world. The current licensing agreements and copyright on the Aboriginal flag is distressing for the community. People don't feel the same sense of pride and love for the flag and many are just not prepared to ask for permission to use it and pay royalties. Flags unite people and we are afraid that we are going to notice an absence of the Aboriginal flag now.
We want the consumer to have freedom of choice of whom they purchase their flag products. The exclusive worldwide licensee holder for Aboriginal Flag on clothing is WAM Clothing. One of the directors of WAM (Ben Wooster) was also the sole director of Birubi Arts which is in liquidation and fined $2.3 for selling fake Indigenous art. Judge Perry said "Birubi is currently in liquidation and is unlikely to be able to pay the fine". Meanwhile, Ben Wooster continues to profit of Aboriginal culture and identity.
We don't want to pay more for all our [-0-] merchandise. You only have to head to the Flag World website to see that the Aboriginal Flags cost more, it's a national disgrace!
Freeing The Flag
A conversation from a legal perspective between
Peter Francis – the Campaign’s Pro-Bono Legal Counsel from FAL Lawyers and
Co-founders of Clothing The Gap Laura Thompson and Sarah Sheridan.
Thanks to @camerondaddo and @alidaddo for letting us do a takeover on your podcast 'Separate bathrooms and other handy marriage tips'.
Clothing the Gap is an Aboriginal owned and led fashion label where 100% of profits support health promotion activities in the Aboriginal Community.
We created the Free The Flag logo as a representative art piece and logo to raise awareness of the Free the Flag movement. Sales of our Free The Flag products help us to continue to raise awareness of the issue and support our campaign.
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