Response to the 2018 Sarr-Savoy Report: Statement on Intellectual Property Rights and Open Access Relevant to the Digitization and Restitution of African Cultural Heritage and Associated Materials

20 Pages Posted: 23 May 2019

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Mathilde Pavis

University of Exeter - School of Law

Andrea Wallace

University of Exeter School of Law

Date Written: March 25, 2019

Abstract

Written by Mathilde Pavis and Andrea Wallace and signed by 108 scholars and practitioners working in the fields of intellectual property law and material and digital cultural heritage at universities, heritage institutions and organizations around the world, this Response argues in support of undertaking further research and designing a more nuanced strategy around the digitization of African Cultural Heritage as recommended by the Sarr-Savoy Report submitted to the French Government in 2018. While the Sarr-Savoy Report goes into great detail about the important issues surrounding restitution, it includes very little about digitization, IP rights, and open access, which raises a number of concerns reviewed in the Response. Accordingly, the Sarr-Savoy Report’s recommendations for the digitization and management of cultural content must be critically examined. This Response urges the French Government to do so before proceeding with restitution.

Keywords: Intellectual Property, Cultural Heritage Law, Digital Humanities, Open Access, Public Domain, Restitution, Cultural Property

Suggested Citation

Pavis, Mathilde and Wallace, Andrea, Response to the 2018 Sarr-Savoy Report: Statement on Intellectual Property Rights and Open Access Relevant to the Digitization and Restitution of African Cultural Heritage and Associated Materials (March 25, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3378200 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3378200

Mathilde Pavis

University of Exeter - School of Law ( email )

Streatham Court
University of Exeter
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Andrea Wallace (Contact Author)

University of Exeter School of Law ( email )

Streatham Court
University of Exeter
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

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