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Fall 2004, Volume 3, No. 1 >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17112

Title: Australian Icons: Authenticity Marks and Identity Politics
Authors: Rimmer, Matthew
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2004
Publisher: Indigenous Law Journal
Abstract: This article evaluates the adoption and implementation of an Indigenous certification trademark system in Australia. Section II considers the use of copyright law, moral rights provisions and consumer protection laws to protect Indigenous cultural property in Australia. It suggests that there needs to be additional protection under trademark law—especially to deal with problems concerning communal ownership, material form and duration of protection. Section III evaluates the efficacy of the scheme for marks of authenticity established by the National Indigenous Arts Advocacy Association in November 1999. It contends that there were practical problems with the implementation of the scheme and symbolic concerns about the definition of “authenticity” applied under the regime. Section IV engages in a comparative analysis of other jurisdictions—such as New Zealand, Canada and the United States. It demonstrates that an Indigenous certification mark can be successful, given sufficient support and assistance. The article concludes that there needs to be a sui generis system to protect traditional knowledge at an international level.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17112
ISSN: 1703-4566
Rights: Indigenous Law Journal
Appears in Collections:Fall 2004, Volume 3, No. 1

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