A Guide to Copyright and Indigenous Australian Art

This is an introduction to the application of copyright law in the United States and Australia to Indigenous Australian art. We encourage you to read through each question consecutively to gain an introduction to the relevant concerns.

This guide was created by Collections Manager and Registrar Nicole Wade, in collaboration with her interns Kendall Stevens, Laura Bendick and Susannah Townes. It was reviewed by Dr. Vanessa Russ (Ngarinyin/Gija), former Associate Director of the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia, and Anthony Wallis of Aboriginal Artists Agency.



What is Copyright Law?

Commonalities of US and Australian Copyright Law

Intellectual Property & Communal Ownership

What are Moral Rights?

Moral Copyright and Cultural Heritage

Copyright and Kluge-Ruhe

American Indian Art and Copyright