Indigenous Intellectual Property, Part One

Copyright legally protects creators, granting exclusive rights for activities such as printing, publishing, performing, filming, and recording, or authorizing others to do so. This protection prohibits unauthorized use, subjecting infringers to legal consequences. In part 1 of the Canadian Mountain Podcast’s two-part series on Indigenous intellectual property, guests Kyle Napier and Saad Iqbal, both researchers and doctoral students at the University of Alberta, discuss their research on how Canadian intellectual property laws can better serve traditional Knowledge Holders. They are conducting an in-depth examination of Canada’s IP laws and their impact on information control and the beneficiaries, particularly within the context of Indigenous knowledge. Part 1 explores IP, traditional knowledge, and the inherent conflicts arising from differing views on information and ownership.