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Friday, April 13 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge, Copyright, and Creative Commons: A Discussion of Practices and Principles

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This panel will explore the issues, challenges, opportunities, and best practices for engaging with Indigenous culture and knowledge. In some spaces, this conversation has been approached through the framework of intellectual property, however, in many indigenous communities the concept of “ownership” is not recognized. Discussion will likely cover topics including key concerns among Indigenous artists, historians, leaders, and creators with respect to open access and/or copyright law and fair copyright movements; how CC’s community and users and open access/sharing culture might best approach ICIP and TK, including if CC tools offer an appropriate solution at all; how to establish and instil best practices and their significance among non-Indigenous CC /open access users; and how to ensure sensitivity and respect towards relevant cultural and sociopolitical contexts if considering usage or collaboration.

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Ryan Merkley

CEO, Creative Commons
"Pick big fights with your enemies, not small fights with your friends." Copyright, CC licenses, open government, data, education, and open access. Public domain, policy. Espresso. Bicycles.


Jane Anderson

co-director, Local Contexts, NYU
Jane Anderson is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at New York University. Jane has a Ph.D. in Law from the Law School at University of New South Wales in Australia. Her work is focused on the philosophical and practical problems for intellectual property law... Read More →
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Kimberly Christen

Director of Digital Initiatives, College of Arts and Sciences, Washington State University
Director of Mukurtu CMS (https://mukurtu.org) - a free and open source content management system and community digital archive platform built with and for Indigenous communities to manage, share, and curate their digital cultural heritage in ethical ways.
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Matthew Rimmer

Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law, Faculty of Business and Law, QUT
Dr Matthew Rimmer is a Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Faculty of Business and Law, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has published widely on copyright law and information technology, patent law and biotechnology, access to medicines... Read More →

Paul Williams


Friday April 13, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Kensington Ballroom "B" 2nd floor, Delta Toronto Hotel, 75 Lower Simcoe St, Toronto ON