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Protecting Indigenous cultural and intellectual property

 

Terri Janke (1998) in her report 'Our Culture: Our Future - The Report on Australian Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights' states that the Copyright Act does not protect Indigenous cultural and intellectual property because it is;

"... focused legally on individualistic commercial concepts, rather than notions of communal ownership or the cultural integrity of a work" 1 .

1. Janke, Terri. Our culture our future :report on Australian indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights ; prepared for Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. Surry Hills, N.S.W. :Michael Frankel & Company, Solicitors, 1998.

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