Intellectual Property and the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts, Solomon Islands, 2012

Terri Janke and Company was commissioned by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in 2012 to develop a guide.


n independent paper exploring key issues for the protection and management of Indigenous Knowledge in Australia. 

This paper explores the relationship between tradition-based knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and issues of IP, cultural heritage and economic empowerment.

Solomon Islands is pleased to host the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in 2012. The unique indigenous cultures of the Pacific on display will include art forms and cultural expressions such as dances, songs, plays, carving, weaving, canoeing, food preparation, handicraft demonstrations, traditional ceremonies, films, visual arts and photographs. The Festival artists, dancers, singers and creators come together to celebrate the artistic and cultural life of Pacific Island countries and territories. Their songs, dances, stories and traditional knowledge are vital to their cultural identity, and provide economic opportunities for the artists, their families and communities. 1. What is this Guide about? This Guide provides advice about intellectual property (IP) and cultural guidelines for people attending the Festival as well as participants, performers and exhibitors. It provides general information about IP and suggestions on how to comply with IP laws and how best to respect cultural rights during the Festival. This Guide is produced by the World Intellectual Property

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