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Indigenous Knowledge as Content for the Cultural and Creative Industries

Upload date: 29.03.21
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Indigenous Knowledge as Content for the Cultural and Creative Industries Cultural and creative industries (CCIs) constitute a major feature of contemporary world economies. Many governments have developed policies and legislation around CCIs. On one hand, the rationale has been to maximise economic gains from the CCIs whose contributions constitute significant portions of national GDPs and employment sectors. On the other hand, there is an endeavour to protect Intellectual Property (IP) rights as the knowledge economy places value on information, individual talent and skills in ways that benefit individuals and countries economically. However, IP laws have encountered challenges particularly in respect to the use and commercialisation of Indigenous Knowledge (IK), including in the CCI. However, what exactly do we mean by Indigenous Knowledge (IK)? All indigenous communities have a cultural heritage based on their history, gives meaning to their lives and defines their humanity. This cultural heritage consists of tangible, immovable, underwater and intangibl
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