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WIPO  list of legislative texts on the protection of TK.

WIPO case studies of appropriated traditional cultural expressions

Examples of nation specific rules governing traditional knowledge

Peter Jaszi, "Traditional Culture: A Step Forward for Protection in Indonesia" (2009)

Lauryn Grant, "The Protection of Traditional or Indigenous Knowledge," SJ049 ALI-ABA 469 (2004).

Paul Kuruk, "Goading a Reluctant Dinosaur: Mutual Recognition Agreements as a Policy Response to the Misappropriation of Foreign Traditional Knowledge in the United States," 34 Pepp. L. Rev. 629 (2007).

Paul Kuruk , "The Role of Customary Law Under  Sui Generis  Frameworks of Intellectual Property Rights in Traditional and Indigenous Knowledge," 17 Ind. Int'l&Comp. L. Rev. 67 (2007).

Paul Kuruk, "Protecting Folklore Under Modern Intellectual Property Regimes: A Reappraisal of the Tensions Between Individual and Communal Rights in Africa and the United States," 48 Am. U. L. Rev. 769 (1999).

Stephen R. Munzer, Kal Raustiala, "The Uneasy Case for Intellectual Property Rights in Traditional Knowledge," 27 Cardozo Arts&Ent. L.J. 37 (2009).

Wikipedia site  on the United State's Native American Mascot Controversy.

Examples of regional codes governing traditional knowledge

Adebambo Adewopo, "The Global Intellectual Property System and Sub-Sahara Africa: A Prognostic Reflection," 33 U. Tol. L. Rev. 749 (2002).

African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI)

African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)

Andean Community

Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR)

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Laurence R. Helfer, "Toward a Human Rights Framework for Intellectual Property," 40 U.C. Davis Law Review 971 (2007).

A critique of WIPO's Draft Principles from a coalition of indigenous groups

Policy arguments

Megan Carpenter, Intellectual Property Law and Indigenous Peoples: "Adapting Copyright Law to the Needs of a Global Community," 7 Yale Hum. Rts.&Dev. L.J. 51 (2004).

Patty Gerstenblith, "Identity and Cultural Property: The Protection of Cultural Property in the United States," 75 B. U. L. REV. 559, 570 (1995).

Lorie Graham and Stephen McJohn, "Indigenous Peoples and Intellectual Property," 19 WASH. U. J.L.&POL’Y 313 (2005).

Kristen A. Carpenter, "Real Property and Peoplehood," 27 Stan. Envtl. L.J. 313, 345-51, 355-57 (2008).

Paul Kuruk, "Promoting Folklore under Modern Intellectual Property Regimes: A Reappraisal of the Tensions between Individual and Communal Rights in Africa and the US," 48 Am. U. L. Rev. 769 (1999).

Anupam Chander&Madhavi Sunder, "The Romance of the Public Domain," 92 California Law Review 1331 (2004).

Kristen A. Carpenter, Sonia Katyal, and Angela Riley, "In Defense of Property," 118 Yale L.J. 1022 (2009).

Assignment and discussion questions


Answer one of the following questions:

1. Should intellectual property protection of any sort be granted to traditional knowledge?

2. Assuming some sort of intellectual property protection for traditional knowledge is appropriate, which of the many legal systems discussed in this module is the best?

Discussion question(s)

Select one of the answers that your colleagues provided to the Assignment questions, and comment on it. Explain why you agree or disagree.


This module was created by  Emily CoxAdrienne BakerAriel Rosthstein , and  Miriam Weiler . It was then edited by  William Fisher .

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