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Cultural Heritage and Intellectual Property

Copyright Issues regarding the Digital Collections of Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCEs) and Traditional Knowledge (TK) of Indigenous Peoples in Museums, Libraries, Archives, and Cultural Institutions

By Kirsten Grünberg


Museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions have been characterized by a colonial history articulated through misappropriation activities, unethical scientific practices, and today by the denial of the intellectual property (IP) rights of their collections, specifically those that refer to the traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) and traditional knowledge (TK) of the Indigenous Peoples. In many cases, institutions have not acknowledged the existence of IP rights on these collections nor established guidelines regarding their digital reproduction and publication. Institutions must be called upon to adhere to the legal and moral responsibilities they have to the Indigenous People.  Continue reading