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Rethinking Copyright for Indigenous Creative Works

This post first appeared on Policy Options, the magazine published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).    As it embarks on another five-year periodic review of the Copyright Act, Canada has an opportunity to reflect on its copyright regime in light of the gaps that exist between it and Indigenous creative works. Indigenous…
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Enhancing Climate Research in the Arctic With Traditional Knowledge

The threat of climate change affects everyone, but the precise impact of global warming trends will vary across different regions. One example of the variable impact of climate change is the abnormal migration being observed in some animal species, which is dramatically changing regional ecosystems. Finnish geographer Tero Mustonen believes that Indigenous Arctic cultures are…
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WIPO Special Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Traditional Cultural Expression Shies Away from Consolidating its Mandate but Agrees on Lack of Indigenous Participation

The World Intellectual Property Organization’s specialist committee charged with negotiating text-based instrument(s) for the effective protection of Genetic Resources (GRs), Traditional Knowledge (TK), and Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCEs), on Friday June 16 2017 concluded its 34th session with partial agreement on its mandate and on the fate of the committee and its work program. On…
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34th Session of WIPO-IGC: Delegates Focus on TCEs and Mull the Future of Seventeen-Year Old Specialist Committee

Today, experts and diplomats from member countries of the United Nations special agency in charge of intellectual property (IP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), re-convene in Geneva for final deliberations under their 2016-2017 biennium mandate. Specifically, these individuals are meeting under the auspices of a specialist committee known as the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual…
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