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In the past 20 years Indigenous Australians have called for greater recognition of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights.

The intellectual property system does not acknowledge Indigenous communal ownership of cultural expressions and knowledge passed down through the generations, and nurtured by Indigenous cultural practice.

Sacred knowledge is also at risk. 115 legislative and policy recommendations were made in Terri Janke's 1999 report - Our Culture: Our Future - Report on Australian Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights.

Yet, the protection of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights remains largely unprotected in Australia, and a hotly debated international issue. Now is the time for us to reassess the current framework.

This Paper sketches out the ground gathered by Indigenous copyright cases and examines international model laws and draft provisions.

It argues for greater infrastructure to support and defend Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights. Terry Janke's vision is for a National Indigenous Cultural Authority to facilitate consent and payment of royalties; to develop standards of appropriate use to guard cultural integrity, and to enforce rights. (Source: Publisher's blurb)


  • Includes bibliographyical references.
  • Editor's note: This paper draws from the paper Terri Janke presented at the Wentworth Lecture, 2008, convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra and research undertaken by Terri Janke, AIATSIS research grant, 2003.

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    y The Wentworth Lectures : Honouring Fifty Years of Australian Indigenous Studies Robert Tonkinson (editor), Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2015 9098489 2015 selected work criticism

    'The Wentworth Lectures honour the contribution of Sir William (Bill) Wentworth to the creation of AIATSIS in 1964; now a world-renowned research, collecting and publishing organisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander cultures, traditions, languages and stories.'

    'This collection reflects the changing values in society and the evolution of ethical research in Australia. They are a fitting symbol of Australia’s maturing nationhood and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first peoples of the land, of their resilience and journey to reclaim and preserve their identity, their histories, their cultural heritage - their stories.'

    'In the thirty-six years since the first lecture, there have been eighteen Wenthworth lecturers, all of whom were given full rein as to the topic and content. To some extent all deal with wider political, social and economic, and in some cases, religious, factors. Taken together, they are a veritable who’s who of the leading intellectuals in the field.'

    Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press , 2015
    pg. 258-280
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