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Intellectual Property, Indigenous People and their Knowledge


Part of Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law

  • Author: Peter Drahos, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Date Published: June 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107055339

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  • After colonization, indigenous people faced an extractive property rights regime for both their land and knowledge. This book outlines that regime, and how the symbolic function of international intellectual property continues today to assist states to enclose indigenous peoples' knowledge. Drawing on more than 200 interviews, Peter Drahos examines the response of indigenous people to the colonizer's non-developmental property rights. The case studies reveal how they have adapted to the state's extractive order through a process of regulatory bricolage. In order to create a new developmental future for themselves, indigenous developmental networks have been forged - high trust networks that include partnerships with science. Intellectual Property, Indigenous People and their Knowledge argues for a developmental intellectual property order for indigenous people based on a combination of simple rules, principles and a process of regulatory convening.

    • Explains how ancestral cosmology provides a basis for indigenous peoples' intellectual property
    • Develops a theory of indigenous peoples' innovation and shows how they are innovators and not just holders of traditional knowledge
    • Surveys the protection that the current regime offers for indigenous knowledge and describes the problems with the regime in clear and concise language
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107055339
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 147 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The non-developmental state
    2. Cosmology's country
    3. Loss
    4. Symbolic recognition
    5. Rules and the recognition of ancestors
    6. The Kimberley: big projects, little projects
    7. Secret plants
    8. Paying peanuts for biodiversity
    9. Gentle on country, gentle on people
    10. Protecting country's cosmology
    11. Trust in networks.

  • Author

    Peter Drahos, Australian National University, Canberra
    Peter Drahos is a professor at the Australian National University and holds a Chair in Intellectual Property at Queen Mary, University of London. He is a member of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

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