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Title: Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions in Bangladesh
Authors: Rahaman, Md Razidur
Keywords: Traditional Knowledge;Traditional Cultural Expressions;TRIPS;Ayurveda;Genetic resources;Agriculture
Issue Date: May-2015
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions are generally regarded by conventional intellectual property system as being in the public domain and free for anyone to use. Indigenous people, local communities and states argue that this opens up Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions to misappropriation and misuse. Traditional Knowledge includes specific knowledge, skills, innovations and practices etc. Many states mainly the developing states believe that the Traditional Knowledge and the Traditional Cultural Expressions should be protected as a form of intellectual property. For example, indigenous "folk song" can be protected as copyright under intellectual property law. According to Bangladesh Copyright Act 2000 (as amended 2005), the owner of the TK or TCEs can prohibit the stakeholder to apply for copyright. Bangladesh has many traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. The "Lalon Song", some indigenous medicines, dance forms, songs, etc. are being misused by the people. Sometimes people make huge money by selling or using these traditional knowledge and cultural expressions. Bangladesh should take necessary steps by incorporating national legislations and also by applying the TRIPS Agreement to protect traditional knowledge and the traditional cultural expressions.
Page(s): 164-171
ISSN: 0975-1076 (Online); 0971-7544 (Print)
Appears in Collections:JIPR Vol.20(3) [May 2015]

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