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Petition aims to stop Fiji Airways copyrighting traditional designs

Petition aims to stop Fiji Airways copyrighting traditional designs

Updated 12 February 2013, 11:09 AEST

A petition on the internet is calling on Fiji's coup installed military government not to let Fiji Airways to copyright traditional Masi designs for its new Airbus A330 planes.

The airline, which is being re-branded from it's old name, Air Pacific, has commissioned a Fiji woman, Makereta Matemosi, to come up with new versions of the traditional designs which are often used in tapa cloth.

But there's been a backlash among some, who feel the airline is appropriating i-Taukei designs, and that copyrighting them might prevent others from using them in n traditional ways.

The woman behind the petition, who would only speak on condition of anonymity, tells Bruce Hill why some Fiji citizens are unhappy over the issue.

Fiji Airways was approached for a response, but declined.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker:The anonymous person behind the internet petition calling on Fiji's interim government not to allow Fiji Airways to copyright traditional Masi designs for its new Airbus planes

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