Unless users are whipping out their sewing machines and making their own flags, every user of the flag is affected by the commercial use restrictions, in the sense that they are paying more for it than they need to if an unencumbered design were used. That also means that the taxpayer is paying more for it, while promoting the interests of the copyright owner, at no cost to the copyright owner.
I don’t want taxpayer money to be spent on buying the copyright (i.e. we are in effect in agreement).
I want those who really care about this to put up their own money (e.g. crowdfund) to buy the copyright, and then put the design in the public domain.
None of this discussion about buying the copyright makes sense unless and until the copyright owner gives any indication of whether he is willing to sell.
The motivation may well be suspect but that doesn’t avoid the underlying issue.
It’s rubbish anyway. The copyright owner is indigenous. Regardless, he is free to lease rights to a non-indigenous business or to an indigenous business (whatever exactly those things are). When I buy ‘stuff’, the ethnic background of the business owner is not a consideration.
Like a lot of these petitions. Hence why I don’t put my name to most of them. You don’t know what you are putting your name to.
I see a fair few of these change.org (and other) petitions. 36,000 is not a bad number. It should be enough to kick off a discussion and see where it leads.