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    Human rights, cultural property and intellectual property: three concepts in search of a relationship

    Macmillan, Fiona (2008) Human rights, cultural property and intellectual property: three concepts in search of a relationship. In: Burri-Nenova, M. and Graber, C.B. (eds.) Intellectual Property And Traditional Cultural Expressions In A Digital Environment. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 73-95. ISBN 978 1 84720 921 4.

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    In the face of increasing globalisation, and a collision between global communication systems and local traditions, this book offers innovative trans-disciplinary analyses of the value of traditional cultural expressions (TCE) and suggests appropriate protection mechanisms for them. It combines approaches from history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology and law, and charts previously untravelled paths for developing new policy tools and legal designs that go beyond conventional copyright models. Its authors extend their reflections to a consideration of the specific features of the digital environment, which, despite enhancing the risks of misappropriation of traditional knowledge and creativity, may equally offer new opportunities for revitalising indigenous peoples’ values and provide for the sustainability of TCE. This book will appeal to scholars interested in multidisciplinary analyses of the fragmentation of international law in the field of intellectual property and traditional cultural expressions. It will also be valuable reading for those working on broader governance and human rights issues. Book description from publisher website at:


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Law
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2009 10:23
    Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 10:09


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