Indigenous Culture Not Protected by Intellectual Property Law

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Author: 
Hilary Bird
Source: 
CBC News

Companies from around the world have appropriated Indigenous culture into their products. While Indigenous heritage is often seen as public domain, that is not the case. It can be difficult for Indigenous cultures to protect themselves using intellectual property laws because these laws only cover items that are unique, and many Indigenous items have been passed down for centuries. 

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