Saturday, February 02, 2002

Aborigines claim kangaroo copyright

In Australia, a group of Aborigines has lodged a high court writ, seeking to stop the government from using the kangaroo and the emu on the national coat of arms.

The Aboriginal activists say the representation of the animals - which they regard as sacred totems - is a breach of copyright.

The activists are accusing the Commonwealth of Australia of cultural theft, saying it could not prove it had been given written permission to use the images. Full text here.

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