October 29, 2019

Derek Productions remedies use of Aboriginal art in Netflix series After Life

The British company, Derek Productions, will pay compensation for using an unauthorised copy of a painting by the Aboriginal artist Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri in the first series of After Life, starring Ricky Gervais, on Netflix earlier this year. The company has also agreed to pay a fee for the use of the Papunya Tula artist’s copyright-protected work […]

Fake Art Harms Culture Campaign

June 26, 2019

Federal Court rules against Birubi but Aboriginal artists need further protections

Joint statement – Indigenous Art Code, Copyright Agency, Arts Law Centre of Australia The Indigenous Art Code, Copyright Agency and the Arts Law Centre of Australia have called for tougher laws to protect against the misrepresentation of fake art in the wake of the Federal Court’s findings against Birubi. The Federal Court found that Birubi […]

Laura Hindmarsh, Inferior Mirage (2018)

January 8, 2019

Entries for the 2019 John Fries Award close on Monday 14 January

Entries for this year’s landmark 10th Anniversary $10,000 John Fries Award for emerging Australian and New Zealand artists have opened earlier than usual – and will close on 14 January 2019. The John Fries Award is a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works of contemporary art in Australia and New Zealand. […]

March 26, 2018

Geoff Sellman’s artwork licensed for fashion range

This year, National NAIDOC Week, from 8 to 15 July, will celebrate the invaluable contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women make to the nation under the theme ‘Because of her, we can!’ Ahead of the event, Queensland fashion label Lifewear Australia has launched a NAIDOC clothing range featuring an artwork designed by Copyright […]

March 6, 2018

Copyright Agency licenses Qantas’ special Indigenous livery

As Qantas’ exciting new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Alice Springs recently, members of the Copyright Agency’s visual arts licensing team were on the ground to see the outcome of their work with the estate of the artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. The beautiful artwork adorning the new plane is an adaptation of the late […]

Gail Mabo artist stall. Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, 2017

July 20, 2017

Innovation to be recognised at forthcoming Cairns Arts Fair

The Copyright Agency has sponsored an Innovation Award for an artist worth $10,000 at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, held from 13-16 July. The award is one of five being introduced at the Fair for the first time this year. CIAF’s Artistic Director, Janina Harding said the awards have been introduced to reflect the not-for-profit […]

May 30, 2017

Indigenous Art Meets Fashion at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

During the parades of Sydney’s Fashion Week, emerging designer Johanna Louise Smith debuted her latest collection featuring works by indigenous artists Jakayu Biljabu and Bugai Whyoulter, from Martumili Art Centre in Newman in Western Australia.  Ms Smith collaborated with the artists to have their original works printed onto fabric for the garments in her Resort ’18 collection. […]

March 7, 2016

Understanding copyright and culture

The people of Pacific Island nations have thousands of traditional cultural expressions, from tattoo designs to traditional medicines, but many gaps still exist in understanding how copyright can help protect their culture. Copyright Agency | Viscopy’s Indigenous Engagement Manager, Trish Adjei, recently presented to delegates from more than 11 Pacific Island Government organisations, as part […]

Image Credit: Papunya Tula artist Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri. Photography by Matt Frost. Image courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.

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