Can Culture Be Copyrighted?1

@article{Brown1998CanCB,
  title={Can Culture Be Copyrighted?1},
  author={Michael F. Brown},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={1998},
  volume={39},
  pages={193 - 222}
}
  • Michael F. Brown
  • Published 1 April 1998
  • Law, Political Science
  • Current Anthropology
The digital revolution has dramatically increased the ability of individuals and corporations to appropriate and profit from the cultural knowledge of indigenous peoples, which is largely unprotected by existing intellectual property law. In response, legal scholars, anthropologists, and native activists now propose new legal regimes designed to defend indigenous cultures by radically expanding the notion of copyright. Unfortunately, these proposals are often informed by romantic assumptions… 
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