• Terri Janke, Solicitor and Director, Terri Janke and Company 

    Colin Golvan AM QC

  • Let’s get smart about fake Indigenous art

    Tuesday 20 Nov 2018, 5.30- 7.30pm
    Melbourne Law School, G08

    The sale of fake Indigenous art is a continuing problem for Indigenous artists and consumers. Fake Indigenous Art is harmful as it misappropriates Indigenous culture and takes away opportunities from Indigenous Artists, denying them and their community benefits from their work. Consumers are also disadvantaged as they are misled into buying inauthentic and de-valued items. Terri Janke will examine a number of appropriation examples to examine the gaps in the law. To combat fake Indigenous arts, Terri advocates for using protocols, trade marks and a National Indigenous Cultural Authority and new laws to enable Indigenous Artists to stop theft of culture.


    Professor Sam Ricketson, has written widely and taught in all areas of Intelectual Property law. He also practised part-time at the Victorian Bar until mid-2015, principally in IP.

    Colin Golvan AM QC, Victorian Bar has had extensive experience in infringement of copyright in Indigenous art and was also senior counsel in the seminal art forgery case of Blackman and Dickerson v Gant [2010] VSC 229. He will speak about his experience in the protection of Indigenous arts from unauthorised reproduction and measures available to artists to prevent the sale of fake paintings.

    Terri Janke is a Wuthathi/Meriam woman from Cairns. She empowers Indigenous people so they prosper. Terri advises on legal matters including incorporation, joint venture, procurement, governance, employment and engagement. She is an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) and has written the leading protocols and ICIP models in the film, arts, museum and archival sector. She is a valued mentor, an advocate for Indigenous business and an accredited mediator and governance expert.

    Melbourne Law School, G08

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