WIPO IGC seeks to protect folklore

The 33rd session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) took place from 27 February to 3 March.

At the meeting, a panel of indigenous people requested that indigenous culture be recognised as unique. The keynote speaker then called for the respect of indigenous people’s sovereign rights over their cultural expressions.

Also at the session, progress was made on protecting indigenous traditional cultural expressions from misappropriation. Developing countries are looking for a common proactive position, with new treaty language.

A new draft text was issued on the final day of the meeting. The text, which was supported by several countries, in particular on the scope of a potential treaty, is to be further discussed at the next session of the committee, taking place from 12 to 16 June.