Museums, libraries, archives and other cultural institutions play an invaluable role in preserving and providing access to their collections. Yet these activities can raise a number of IP issues, especially in a digital environment.
Collections of traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) and traditional knowledge (TK) raise a specific set of IP issues. Some indigenous peoples and local communities are concerned that sometimes documenting and displaying a traditional song or a tribal symbol, for example, make them vulnerable to misappropriation and misuse. The very process of preservation of TCEs can trigger concerns about their lack of legal protection.
WIPO helps cultural institutions in the management of IP rights and interests with a specific focus on collections comprising TCEs.
- WIPO Guide on Managing Intellectual Property For Museums
- Guía de Buenas Prácticas para Administración de la Propiedad Intelectual en Museos y Archivos de Argentina (in Spanish)
- Surveys of Existing Practices, Protocols and Policies
- Codes, guidelines and practices relating to the recording, digitization and dissemination of TCEs
- Traditional Cultures, Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Institutions (WIPO Magazine 2/2010)
- Archives and Museums: Balancing Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage (WIPO Magazine 5/2005)