Whose Knowledge is it Anyway? Innovations in Traditional Knowledge Protection

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The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy presents:

Thursday, March 3, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Faculty Study, Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South

Whose Knowledge Is It Anyway? will focus on the project entitled Local Contexts and its application from both tribal and institutional perspectives. Professor Jason Schultz (Professor of Clinical Law) NYU School of Law, will moderate the discussion.

Professor Jane Anderson (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Museum Studies, NYU) will introduce Local Contexts (www.localcontexts.org), an online platform that was developed to address the intellectual property needs of Native, First Nations, Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples in relation to the extensive collections of cultural heritage materials currently held within museums, archives, libraries and private collections. This project addresses the unique problem of public domain materials and third party owned content that is divorced from local communities and missing important information about use and circulation. One of the key devices for engaging this curatorial challenge is the suite of Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels.

Mr. James Eric Francis, Sr. (Director/Tribal Historian Historic and Cultural Preservation Department at the Penobscot Nation, Maine) will detail some of the IP challenges that his community faces and how Local Contexts supports resolving them.

Dr. Elizabeth Peterson (Director of American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress) will discuss a pilot project developing a unique set of TK Labels in collaboration with the Passamaquoddy Nation for the collection of 1890 sound recordings made by Jesse Fewkes – the first ethnographic sound recordings ever made.

A wine and cheese reception will follow at 7:15 PM.

RSVP to annemarie.hassett@nyu.edu