Cultural Heritage and Intellectual Property

Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of International Cultural Heritage Law, edited by Francesco Francioni and Ana Vrdoljak (Oxford University Press, 2019).

25 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2018

Date Written: November 21, 2018

Abstract

The chapter provides a brief introduction to some of the key concepts and the key legal institutions relevant for the protection of intellectual property and its interface with cultural heritage and intangible cultural heritage in particular. It then proceeds with exploring in how far discrete intellectual property rights, such as patent, copyright or trademarks, can protect expressions of cultural heritage. The chapter maps the mismatches and the gaps and asks whether these can be addressed in some viable way – be it through adjusting the existing rules or through the creation of new tailored models of protection.

Keywords: cultural heritage, intellectual property, patent, copyright, trade, indigenous peoples, traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions

Suggested Citation

Burri, Mira, Cultural Heritage and Intellectual Property (November 21, 2018). Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of International Cultural Heritage Law, edited by Francesco Francioni and Ana Vrdoljak (Oxford University Press, 2019).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3288622

Mira Burri (Contact Author)

University of Lucerne ( email )

Frohburgstrasse 3
PO Box 4466
Lucerne, 6002
Switzerland

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