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Name: Traditional Knowledge
ID: m38519
Language: English (en)
Summary: One of the most complex recent extensions of copyright law involves traditional knowledge. This module first describes the intricate and rapidly changing set of legal rules pertaining to traditional knowledge, and then explores the fierce continuing debate concerning the appropriate scope of protection for this novel topic.
Subject: Arts, Science and Technology, Humanities, Social Sciences
Keywords: 169, 1966, 1977, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, Absolute, African, Agreement, Andean, Annex, Arguments, ARIPO, Article, Artistic, Aspects, Bangui, Berne, Civil, Codes, Common, Community, Convention, Covenant, Cover, Cultural, Culture, Debate, Declaration, Diversity, Domain, Draft, Economic, Explicit, Expression, Expressions, Folklore, Framework, Generis, Governing, Governs, Heritage, How, Human, ILO, Indigenous, Instruments, Intangible, Intellectual, International, IP, Knowledge, Laws, Legal, Liability, Literary, Market, MERCOSURA, Modes, Mutual, Nations, Negotiation, OAPI, Organization, Ownership, Pacific, Parties, Payant, People, Peoples, Policy, Political, Promotion, Property, Protect, protected, Protection, Provisions, Public, Reference, Regional, Respect, Rights, Role, Safeguarding, Should, Social, South, States, Sui, System, TCE, TK, Trade-Related, Traditional, Tribal, UNESCO, United, VII, WIPO, Works
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: Berkman Center for Internet & Society (
Copyright Holders: Berkman Center for Internet & Society (
Maintainers: Berkman Center for Internet & Society (

Latest version: 1.2 (history)
First publication date: Jun 14, 2011 7:40 am +0000
Last revision to module: Jun 14, 2011 7:48 am +0000


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Version History

Version: 1.2 Jun 14, 2011 7:48 am +0000 by Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Added Google analytics tracking code.

Version: 1.1 Jun 14, 2011 7:42 am +0000 by Berkman Center for Internet & Society
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