The Australian authorities bought the right to the country's Aboriginal flag for $ 14 million (20 million Australian dollars), now it can be used just as freely as the national flag, RIA Novosti reports citing ABC News.
The design of the flag - two stripes, red and black, with a yellow circle in the center - was designed by artist Harold Thomas and bought out by non-Aboriginal company WAM Clothing in 2018. For any use of the image of the flag, the company demanded a fee and permission, the TV channel notes.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the flag will now be free to use, but should be treated with the same respect and dignity as the Australian flag.
All Australians can display the Aboriginal flag on clothing such as sports jerseys, T-shirts, it can be drawn on sports fields, posted on websites, pictures, digitally, in any media without having to ask permission or pay to use it, he said.