15 August

Arts Law’s submission to IP Australia dealing with Indigenous Cultural IP

ArtsLaw welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the discussion on the adequacy of protocols to manage ‘Indigenous Knowledge’ or ‘Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property’ (ICIP) and the potential for better protection to be achieved through reform of the existing IP legislation. Arts Law commends and agrees with IP Australia’s broad definition of ‘Indigenous Knowledge’ to mean knowledge that is unique to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and is interchangeable with traditional knowledge and cultural expressions (including stories, dance, languages, symbols, crafts, cosmology, medical and environmental knowledge). Arts Law also commends and endorses the multidisciplinary approach taken by IP Australia to this issue.

Read the full submission here