Webinar: Indigenous Knowledge and Copyright
Hosted: 21 October 2019
Information about the webinar:
The rights of indigenous communities are undeniable, as is the cultural value of any language. This holds for communities worldwide. These two distinct rights intersect in interesting ways with other concepts that include copyright and access to information. This webinar will be an attempt at stimulating a discussion on the natural of cultural property and rights that vest in the holders of cultural properties. An interesting and recent development in the South African context is the signing of the Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems Act (Act 6 of 2019). This statute will have implications for the way indigenous knowledge (including that contained in language) will be used in South Africa. Aspects of the interaction between Canadian law and indigenous knowledge also forms part of the webinar and lays a foundation for a discussion on the similarities and differences in the way different countries try to consolidate different legal systems.
This webinar was discussion-based, with the hosts being themselves interested in furthering discussion on the topic, rather than teaching as experts on it. Any further comments and questions are welcome. The hosts’ contact details are in the slides used and these slides are available at: Webinar slides. Please be aware that the slides are distributed under the BY-NC-SA 3.0 licence. Further information on this specific licence is available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/.
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