Intellectual Property Watch » Inside Views: Indigenous Communal Moral Rights

Intellectual Property Watch » Inside Views: Indigenous Communal Moral Rights:
A more and more robust literature on traditional cultural expressions is being written, discussed and even filtered into legislation. Most academic thinking on the topic agrees that Western intellectual property (IP) laws do not offer adequate or appropriate protection for certain types of creations. One example is the poor fit Western copyright law provides for traditional cultural expressions.1 A traditional cultural expression (TCE) can be described as forming “part of cultural heritage and identity, and their protection and preservation are linked to the promotion of cultural diversity and human creativity.”2

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