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Intellectual Property and Indigenous Culture


  • Robynne Quiggin

    (Vincent-Quiggin Consulting)

  • John Quiggin

    () (Department of Economics, University of Queensland)


The extent to which cultural activities can generate social and economic benefits for Indigenous communities, and the way in which those benefits are shared within communities depends largely on the way in which the system of intellectual property rights handles Indigenous cultural products. The aim of this paper is to address these issues, taking account of both legal and economic perspectives. Rather than taking concepts of intellectual property as given, we ask what kinds of intellectual property systems, if any, can best contribute to meeting the economic, social and cultural needs of Indigenous communities.

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  • Robynne Quiggin & John Quiggin, 2007. "Intellectual Property and Indigenous Culture," Australian Public Policy Program Working Papers WPP07_1, Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland.
  • Handle: RePEc:rsm:pubpol:p07_1

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    1. J. D. Stanford, 2003. "Economic Analysis Of The Droit De Suite- The Artist's Resale Royalty," Australian Economic Papers, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 42(4), pages 386-398, December.
    2. Boyd H. Hunter, 2003. "The Rise of the CDEP Scheme and Changing Factors Underlying Indigenous Male Employment," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 6(3), pages 473-496, September.
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    Indigenous culture; intellectual property;


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