5 Sep 2015

Flag designer hits back at copyright accusations

9:12 am on 5 September 2015

A designer who has two flag designs shortlisted in the upcoming flag referendum has hit back at claims that he copied an Air Force emblem.

Kyle Lockwood, 38 years old.

Designer Kyle Lockwood Photo: flag.govt.nz / Nick Servian

A spokesperson for designer Kyle Lockwood says the Royal New Zealand Air Force 3 Squadron has complained that Mr Lockwood's designs are a copy of their insignia.

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But Chris Mullaine said Mr Lockwood's design pre-dated the squadron's 2010 logo.

Mr Mullaine said Mr Lockwood released his design in 2003 and won a competition for it in 2004.

He said Mr Lockwood had gifted his design to the Government, so it would be up to the Government to defend any copyright.

Mr Lockwood has released two videos telling voters about the flags he had designed.

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