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Poor People's Knowledge : Promoting Intellectual Property in Developing Countries - J. Michael Finger

Poor People's Knowledge

Promoting Intellectual Property in Developing Countries

By: J. Michael Finger (Editor), Philip Schuler (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th January 2004
ISBN: 9780821354872
Number Of Pages: 300

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How can we help poor people earn more from their knowledge--rather than from their sweat and muscle alone? This book is about increasing the earnings of poor people in poor countries from their innovation, knowledge, and creative skills. Case studies look at the African music industry; traditional crafts and ways to prevent counterfeit crafts designs; the activities of fair trade organizations; biopiracy and the commercialization of ethnobotanical knowledge; the use of intellectual property laws and other tools to protect traditional knowledge. The contributors' motivation is sometimes to maintain the art and culture of poor people, but they recognize that except in a museum setting, no traditional skill can live on unless it has a viable market. Culture and commerce more often complement than conflict in the cases reviewed here. The book calls attention to the unwritten half of the World Trade Organization's Agreement on the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS). TRIPS is about knowledge that industrial countries own, and which poor people buy. This book is about knowledge that poor people in poor countries generate and have to sell. It will be of interest to students and scholars of international trade and law, and to anyone with an interest in ways developing countries can find markets for cultural, intellectual, and traditional knowledge.

Contributors
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Introduction and Overviewp. 1
Kuyujani Originario: The Yekuana Road to the Overall Protection of Their Rights as a Peoplep. 37
Handmade in India: Traditional Craft Skills in a Changing Worldp. 53
Enhancing Intellectual Property Exports through Fair Tradep. 75
The Africa Music Projectp. 95
Preventing Counterfeit Craft Designsp. 113
Bioprospecting Agreements and Benefit Sharing with Local Communitiesp. 133
Biopiracy and Commercialization of Ethnobotanical Knowledgep. 159
Prevention of Misappropriation of Intangible Cultural Heritage through Intellectual Property Lawsp. 183
Making Intellectual Property Laws Work for Traditional Knowledgep. 207
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780821354872
ISBN-10: 0821354876
Series: Trade and Development
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 29th January 2004
Publisher: World Bank Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.56 x 15.49  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.43

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