Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts

First published in 2002 and revised in 2007, this is the third edition of the Australia Council for the Arts First Nations Protocols, written and prepared by Terri Janke and Company.

These protocols are for creative practitioners working with Indigenous artists or Indigenous cultural heritage in their creative projects. Those being funded by the Australia Council grant assessment panels are required to comply with the protocols.

Solicitor Director Dr Terri Janke says, “While works by individual artists are protected by copyright, Australia does not yet have a law that prevents alteration, distortion or misuse of traditional symbols, songs, dances, performances and story that may be part of the heritage of particular Indigenous language groups. This is where the Australia Council for the Arts’ Protocols for using First Nations Intellectual and Cultural Property in the Arts comes in. The protocols provide a pathway for collaborations and creation of new Indigenous work.”

 

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Credits

 

All professional photography is by Jamie James at James Photographic Services.

The painting  'Ancient Tracks and Waterholes' (2019) by Rene Kulitja has been used under license in the firm photographs on the TJC website homepage, staff profiles, careers and services pages. See Maruku Arts for more work by Rene Kulitja.

The visual artwork ‘Freshwater Lagoon 1’ by Lisa Michl Ko-manggen has been used under license in some photographs and videos. See Cape York Art for more work by Ko-manggen.

The painting ‘My Country’ by Bibi Barba has been used under license in some photographs and Law Way videos. Visit her website to see more.

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