Materials of the International Symposium for members of indigenous communities of the North, Siberia and the Far East are published
: 15/09/2011

In august 2011 due to the financial aid of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation there were issued the Materials of the International Symposium for members of indigenous communities of the North, Siberia and the Far East on copyright protection for traditional knowledge (in Russian and English). The International Symposium, which brought together representatives of government agencies, international organizations, academic institutions, indigenous NGOs and communities from 20 countries of the world, was organized and held in November 2010 by the Ministry of Regional Development in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This book presents background information on the protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions as objects of intellectual property, as well as an overview of the discussion held during the Symposium on issues of common approaches to the protection of indigenous intellectual property, genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore. The volume contains the official report of the Russian delegation of the International Symposium, presented at the seventeenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore in Geneva, as well as used in international practice terminology in the field of copyright protection for traditional knowledge.

Detailed comments to the agenda of the Symposium define a range of topical issues currently being proposed for discussion at international, national and regional levels, in particular: the definition of the object of protection, the concept of "traditional knowledge" and "traditional cultural expressions"; rights to traditional knowledge and traditional culture expressions, their validity, procedural formalities, sanctions for illegal actions, the relationship with intellectual property protection, exceptions and limitations to protect the rights to traditional knowledge, genetic resources, opportunities for sustainable development of indigenous peoples.

As an application, the collection contains the full audio version of the Symposium in Russian and English languages on electronic media, as well as the main international documents related to indigenous peoples, biodiversity and cultural heritage.