Appropriation and Commodification of Cultural Heritage: Ethical and Intellectual Property Issues to Consider (Fact Sheet)

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Cultural heritage
Intellectual property
Indigenous peoples
First nations
Intangible heritage
Community-based participatory research
Decolonizing research
Research ethics

This fact sheet introduces the issues raised by the appropriation and commodification of cultural heritage, outlining risks and benefits and how also to avoid the pitfalls of misappropriation. While these issues are faced by all cultural groups, there is a long history of Indigenous cultural heritage being used by non-Indigenous people for commercial and other purposes.



The IPinCH Fact Sheet initiative aims to provide information and guidance on important issues emerging in cultural heritage research.

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