Copyright Law and the Recognition of 'Folkloric Creations' and 'Folk Medicine' in Africa

Journal of Black and African Arts and Civilization, Vol. 5, No. 1, p. 33, 2011

23 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2011

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Ayoyemi Lawal-Arowolo

Babcock University - School of Law and Security Studies

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

Creations in traditional African societies are often categorized as folklore which is protectable under copyright law as expressions of folklore. They are indeed precious jewels which bear eloquent testimony to the wonderful civilisation and culture flourishing in traditional communities in Africa. The rich cultural heritage of Africa is a sign of the creative activities of the past. The present has not given enough recognition to the role and protection of works based on folklore thus compounding the misappropriation of folkloric works and folk medicine. The controversy on the protection of folklore is an issue African countries face and need to resolve. The invaluable role of folklore in African societies and the deficiencies in protecting creative works within traditional parameters to encourage intellectual creations is examined in this paper.

Keywords: Copyright Law, Folklore, Expressions of Folklore, Folk Medicine, Creations, Culture, Traditional Knowledge, Africa, Protection

Suggested Citation

Lawal-Arowolo, Ayoyemi, Copyright Law and the Recognition of 'Folkloric Creations' and 'Folk Medicine' in Africa (January 1, 2011). Journal of Black and African Arts and Civilization, Vol. 5, No. 1, p. 33, 2011 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1858987

Ayoyemi Lawal-Arowolo (Contact Author)

Babcock University - School of Law and Security Studies ( email )

Ilishan, Ogun State 1022
Nigeria

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