Thursday, February 24, 2011

Intellectual Property/International Law: Law Library of Congress Publishes Report on Māori Culture and Intellectual Property Law

In December 2010, the Law Library of Congress published online a report by Kelly Buchanan, a Foreign Law Specialist with the Library of Congress, on Māori culture and intellectual property law. The report "discusses some of the issues and challenges in protecting cultural expressions and traditional knowledge in the law, and examines two examples of this in the context of the use of Māori cultural expressions. It also sets out the changes (or proposed changes) to New Zealand’s intellectual property legislation that seeks to enable Māori concerns and concepts to be taken into account through a consultative process."

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