The Australian government has reached an agreement to purchase the copyright of the Aboriginal flag for approximately 12 million euros, ending a long debate on its use by companies and individuals.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government had “freed the Aboriginal flag for Australians” through this agreement.
The latter is the result of negotiations with Aboriginal artist Harold Thomas, who designed the flag in 1971.
Over the past 50 years, this flag has become an important symbol of protest and celebration for the Aboriginal people of Australia.
But the public use of Mr. Thomas’ work has been the subject of intense debates after the artist granted licenses to certain companies to use it on their products.
One of these companies, WAM Clothing, sent letters of stays at many organizations ns, including the Australian Football League, for using the Aboriginal flag on clothing.
“I hope this arrangement brings comfort to all Aboriginals and Australians who wish to use the flag, without modification, with pride and without restriction”, assured the artist about his agreement with the Australian government.
“I am grateful that my art is appreciated by so many people, and that ‘it (…) represents something so powerful.”
According to Mr Morrison, the agreement means that the flag can be used on clothing, sports grounds, works of art “and in any other medium, without having to seek permission or pay a fee”.
The agreement also provides for the establishment by the Australian Government of a scholarship up to 100. dollars in honor of Harold Thomas and intended for indigenous students.