Google Prevented From Using Australian Aboriginal Flag Because It's Covered By Copyright

from the who-copyrights-a-flag? dept

A whole bunch of folks have been sending in the news of Google needing to edit out the Aboriginal flag that was originally a part of an Australia Day Google logo. Google had apparently run a contest for a logo and an 11-year-old girl had won, after designing the logo, using various animals native to Australia, with the Aboriginal flag behind one of the "O"s. But when the logo went up on the site, it was missing the flag:
It wasn't a case of Google being insensitive. It was a case of Google being forced to remove it because, believe it or not, the Australian Aboriginal flag is covered by copyright, and the copyright holder wouldn't let Google use it because the company had asked if it could use it for free. It's hard to fathom why anyone would ever want a flag covered by copyright (do we need more incentives to create new flags?). The report notes that the artist "designed the flag as a symbol of unity and national identity" in the 1970s, but apparently that unity and identity doesn't extend to anyone else actually displaying the flag without paying for it.

Filed Under: aboriginal, australia, copyright, flags
Companies: google


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    Brad Eleven, 26 Jan 2010 @ 12:25pm

    another case of ...

    ... the owner not being the interested party, nor interested in representing the party's interests, namely the party represented by the flag.

    'Cause if you don't let anyone use your flag, you don't get represented.

    And I wholeheartedly agree with the sarcastic "SOMEONE'S NOT GETTING PAID" sentiment. In fact, that was part of the slogan on the $10M dollar bill in Mike Judge's Idiocracy: "HAULIN' ASS/GETTIN' PAID"


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