Government invests $150,000 into digital labeling to combat fake Aboriginal art

A pilot project is the next step in the fight against the industry of fake Indigenous arts and crafts, to be conducted by Desart and Copyright Agency.
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Poster from the Fake Art Harms Culture campaign; image Arts Law Centre of Australia

This week, the Australian Government confirmed that it will commit $150,000 to a pilot program to test digital codes to label authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander products.

It is the next step in the fight against inauthentic Indigenous art and follows from the success Fake Art Harms Culture campaign, launched in August 2016 and led by the Indigenous Art Code, the Arts Law Centre of Australia and Copyright Agency, and subsequent inquiry by Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) into inauthentic products presented to consumers and misleading under Australian Consumer Law.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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