September 08, 2016
Defence needed for moko challlenge
There’s a call for a law change to protect people getting tattoos that may attract intellectual property and copyright challenges.
Alex Sims, an associate professor in Auckalnd University’s commercial law department, says there have been a number of cases where tattoo artisss have claimed copyright of a design, or people have objected to the use of images.
There have also been challenges to the use of traditional moko patterns.
She says there should be protection for the wearer whatever happens.
"You may not realise if you have got a tattoo that the tattoo artist is impinging copyright so what I am saying is the original author or the copyright owner should be able to sue the tattoo artist but the person who received the tattoo, nothing can be done about that person,," Ms Sims says.
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