Introduction Indigenous communities face legal, social, cultural, and economic challenges when attempting to protect or manage their intellectual property (IP). One such challenge is the lack of a communitybased infrastructure that formalizes processes for confronting IP issues. This deficiency is particularly apparent in the field of archaeology, where IP and cultural heritage issues are being contested on a number of domestic and international front. In this IPinCH supported Community Initiative, the Penobscot Indian Nation (Maine, USA), with support from partners at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, developed tribal protocols, tools, and organizational structures to address intellectual property (IP) issues related to archaeology and heritage-based places.
The project summary from "Developing Policies and Protocols for the Culturally Sensitive Intellectual Properties of the Penobscot Nation of Maine", an IPinCH Community Initiative.
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