While there are huge benefits to New
Zealand and Kiwis from having a distinctive flag of our own,
some are questioning what the three designers of the
alternative flags stand to gain.
"The terms and conditions
of the submission of designs to the flag consideration panel
are clear. The designers no longer have copyright over their
designs, by being shortlisted the copyright to the designs
is now assigned to the Crown" said Lewis Holden, campaign
chair of Change the NZ Flag.
"While they may make and sell
copies of their designs, anyone else is free to make copies
so long as they respect the design. The same rules that
apply to the current flag."
"The suggestion that the three
designers stand to substantially gain financially from their
design being chosen as the new New Zealand flag is nonsense.
They received no payment for their designs, or any ongoing
compensation. The Government - and therefore the people of
New Zealand - now own these designs" concluded Mr
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