Unlike the Australian flag, the Aboriginal flag is subject to copyright law. Luritja man, Harold Thomas, created the flag in 1971. He has granted licenses to a non indigenous clothing manufacturer (WAM) and a flag manufacturer (Flags 2000) to reproduce his design. Under copyright law, no other parties have a right to use Harold's design. WAM has sent "cease and desist" notices to companies using the flag on clothing, including the AFL , whose specially designed jerseys for the "Indigenous Round" are illegal .Many indigenous clothing companies are also upset that they cannot use their own flag in their designs. Mr Thomas says it is his common law right to choose the parties he enters a licensing agreement with.
Understanding Intellectual Property. Clickview Pty Ltd 2014.
This short film defines 'Intellectual Property', explores Copyright regulations,Creative Commons licenses and explains terms such as 'Public Domain."
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Plagiarism is copying the work ( the Intellectual Property ) of another person and presenting this as your own work.
Intellectual Property includes all the original creations of a person's brain. These may be words, stories , poems, music , films, drama , art, designs, computer programs, trademarks and logos.
Plagiarism is considered a serious offence in educational institutions . Consequences can include:
It is also crucial to acknowledge all sources when you are:
Creative Commons is a world wide non profit organization that provides free licenses to creators. The aim is to foster creativity by facilitating sharing and collaboration . There are five main types of licenses, each represented by a symbol. Some licenses allow for the sharing, reusing and remixing of material. Click on the link below to find out: more about the different licenses, how you can license your own creations, or to search for free images, text and music to use in your assignments.
Intellectual Property is protected by Copyright Law
With Copyright Laws This means the work cannot be transmitted in any way without the permission of the owner.
The Copyright Act allows for exceptions called "Fair Dealing". This allows students to copy and use limited amounts of copyrighted material for research and study. The creator and the title of the work must always be properly acknowledged.
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Consider searching for images, text and music from for your assignments. The licenses are less restrictive , often allowing for sharing and remixing .