Welcome to the Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage home page. This project represents an international, interdisciplinary collaboration among more than 50 scholars and 25 partnering organizations embarking on an unprecedented and timely investigation of intellectual property (IP) issues in cultural heritage that represent emergent local and global interpretations of culture, rights, and knowledge. Our objectives are:
- to document the diversity of principles, interpretations, and actions arising in response to IP issues in cultural heritage worldwide;
- to analyze the many implications of these situations;
- to generate more robust theoretical understandings as well as exemplars of good practice; and
- to make these findings available to stakeholders—from Aboriginal communities to professional organizations to government agencies—to develop and refine their own theories, principles, policies and practices.
We invite you to explore our website and to keep track of this project as it develops.
Check out Project Director George Nicholas speaking about the IPinCH project and the theme of commodification at the Cultural Commodification, Indigenous Peoples, and Self-Determination symposium in May 2013: