Re: intellectual property rights

Gregory A. Finnegan (Gregory.A.Finnegan@DARTMOUTH.EDU)
Sat, 5 Mar 1994 17:06:31 EST

--- Brusco & Klein wrote:
The issue of intellectual property rights has come up in discussions
here recently. The issue of ethnobotanical knowledge in the Amazon and
the exploitation of that by international commercial ventures was of special
interest. Can anyone direct us to recent sources or information on the
Elizabeth Brusco (Brusco_e@plu.bitnet) and Laura Klein (Klein_l@plu.bitnet)
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"recent" is a relative term, but a good starting point is a special issue of
CULTURAL SURVIVAL QUARTERLY on "Intellectual Property Rights: The Politics
of Ownership." It's the Summer 1991 issue, vol. 15 no. 3. There are several
Amazonia-related articles: at least one on ethnobotanical material and and a
fascinating one by ethnomusicologist Anthony Seeger on unauthorized broadcast
of Native music on Brazilian radio/TV.

I've pasted below several citations from SOCIAL SCIENCE INDEX, retrieved by
searching keywords "intellectual property."
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Author: Lewis, Damien.
Title: The gene hunters.
Citation Type: Feature
Source: The Geographical Magazine. v. 63 (Jan. '91) p.
Description: il map.
ISSN: 0016-741X.
Language: english
Description: il map.
Subjects: Intellectual property.
Indigenous peoples.
Germplasm resources.

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Author: Brush, Stephen B., 1943-
Title: Indigenous knowledge of biological resources and
property rights: the role of anthropology.
Citation Type: Feature
Source: American Anthropologist. v. 95 (Sept. '93) p.
Description: bibl.
ISSN: 0002-7294.
Language: english
Description: bibl.
Subjects: Intellectual property.
Indigenous peoples -- Culture.

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Title: Conserving heritage: cultural and intellectual
property rights.
Citation Type: Feature
Source: UN Chronicle. v. 30 (June '93) p. 50-1.
ISSN: 0251-7329.
Language: english
Subjects: Intellectual property.
Indigenous peoples -- Culture.
Cultural property, Protection of.

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Author: Harrison, Simon.
Title: Ritual as intellectual property.
Citation Type: Feature
Source: Man. v. 27 (June '92) p. 225-44.
Description: bibl.
ISSN: 0025-1496.
Language: english
Description: bibl.
Subjects: Right of property.
Ceremonial exchange.
Intellectual property.

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Author: Lindstrom, Lamont, 1953-
Title: Big men as ancestors: inspiration and copyrights
on Tanna
Citation Type: Feature
Source: Ethnology. v. 29 (Oct. '90) p. 313-26.
Description: bibl.
ISSN: 0014-1828.
Language: english
Description: bibl.
Subjects: John Frum Cargo Movement.
Political anthropology -- Vanuatu.
Big man (Melanesia).
Intellectual property.
Tanna (Vanuatu).