Aboriginal Leadership on Geographic Indications: The Geopiracy Exhibit in a Virtual Museum of Bioprospecting, Intellectual Property, and the Public Domain
“Geographic Indications” is a rubric of the international intellectual property regime with special reference for native peoples worldwide. The Geopiracy Project™ explores the damages done through the false attribution of place in the visual arts. Falsification causes special harm to the aboriginal communities of Australia where the land is intrinsic to identity. Egregious examples of geopiracy are culled from the 4000 movies listed in the Internet Movie Database under the location Australia. The authors assemble the outline of a virtual exhibit on geopiracy in Australia for the proposed Museum of Bioprospecting, Intellectual Property, and the Public Domain. The venue is inclusive as museum visitors explore and suggest remedies for damages suffered as well as draft language for sui generis legislation on faithfulness in the attribution of location in the visual arts. Through the exhibit, an opportunity arises for aboriginal leadership at the frontier of intellectual property legislation worldwide.
Keywords: Geopiracy, Intellectual Property Rights, Geographic Indications, Aboriginal Communities
Joseph Henry Vogel
Barbara A. Hocking
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