Urgent Need to Protect IP in the Pacific
Following Tubuans & Dukduks’ interview with Radio Australia concerning the poaching of the PNG bilum (read more here), there has been a growing interest in the topic of indigenous cultural and intellectual property (ICIP) of the Pacific.
I’ve been doing a bit of research into the matter (thanks to my readers who have pointed me in a number of worthwhile directions!) and I have already posted up one article which discusses the fragility of the South Pacific and how easily we could be ripped off in regards to our ICIP.
The December 2008 – February 2009 issue of Pacific Connection, the magazine of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, recently published an article about the urgent need to protect ICIP within the Pacific. In that article they interviewed Dr David Martin, an intellectual property specialist who has been visiting Pacific Island governments advising on what he sees as an urgent need to protect our IP.
You can read the interview below. Simply click on the article, then click again to enlarge it: