Copyrighting the Past?: Emerging Intellectual Property Rights Issues in Archaeology

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Article Title

Copyrighting the Past?: Emerging Intellectual Property Rights Issues in Archaeology

Journal Title

Current Anthropology

Author(s)

Nicholas, George P. and Bannister, Kelly P.

Month of Publication

June

Year of Publication

2004

Volume Number

45

Issue Number

3

Article Pages

327-350

Web Address (URL)

https://doi.org/10.1086/382251

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The University of Chicago Press Journals

Language

English

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Abstract:Rights to intellectual property have become a major issue in ethnobotany and many other realms of research involving Indigenous communities. This paper examines intellectual property rights related issues in archaeology, including the relevance of such rights within the discipline, the forms these rights take, and the impacts of applying intellectual property protection in archaeology. It identifies the products of archaeological research and what they represent in a contemporary sociocultural context, examines ownership issues, assesses the level of protection of these products provided by existing legislation, and discusses the potential of current intellectual property protection mechanisms to augment cultural heritage protection for Indigenous communities.

Additional tags: intellectual property rights; Indigenous communities; cultural heritage protection; ethnobotany

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