Intellectual and cultural property and the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage

Christoph Antons, William Logan

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Intangible cultural heritage has become an area of great interest for a diverse group of 'stakeholders'. Among the chief reasons for this increasing interest are the embrace of culture in more development strategies and the emergence of cultural and heritage tourism. Specialized intellectual property agencies such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) saw 'traditional knowledge' as part of a wider heritage concept. WIPO's work related to intangible cultural heritage is as old as and in its normative aspects perhaps older than that of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The interventions of UNESCO in the intangible cultural heritage field, most notably through its 2003 Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, has done much to generate interest both globally and within the States Parties, that is, those UNESCO Member States that have ratified or acceded to the convention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntellectual property, cultural property and intangible cultural heritage
EditorsChristoph Antons, William Logan
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781315714288
ISBN (Print)9781138793613
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameKey Issues in Cultural Heritage


  • Intellectual property
  • intangible cultural heritage
  • WIPO
  • biocultural heritage
  • cultural property

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