Traditional Knowledge, Cultural Expression, and the Siren's Call of Property

53 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2013 Last revised: 29 Mar 2016

Justin Hughes

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Date Written: February 12, 2013

Abstract

This paper was presented at a symposium at the University of San Diego in 2012. After providing a brief historical review of international efforts to establish intellectual property rights over "traditional knowledge" (TK) and "traditional cultural expression" (TCE), the paper explores different possible justifications for establishing such protection. The paper concludes that incentives for preservation, privacy, personality justifications, and redistributive justice concerns may each provide some underpinning for limited, properly calibrated protection of TK and TCE.

Keywords: folklore, traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expression, copyright, intellectual property, Rawls, Locke, Sen

Suggested Citation

Hughes, Justin, Traditional Knowledge, Cultural Expression, and the Siren's Call of Property (February 12, 2013). 49 San Diego Law Review 1215 (2013); Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 381. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2215996

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