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WIPO Publishes Folk Festival Intellectual Property Guide

Friday, October 24, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tim Lloyd
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The Traditional Knowledge Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization is pleased to announce the release of its new publication, entitled Intellectual Property and Folk, Arts and Cultural Festivals - A Practical Guide.

The Guide is available for download at

As an October 24, 2014, WIPO press release noted, "The Guide provides general information about intellectual property (IP) and cultural interests. It identifies the main IP challenges faced by festival organizers and outlines some practical elements of an effective IP management strategy, following a step-by-step approach. It offers suggestions on how to harness a festival’s IP assets and how best to promote respect for the world’s cultures featured at the festival. It includes a glossary, templates and a model checklist.

"The Guide provides advice to people organizing folk, arts and cultural festivals, but can also be of interest to festival participants, performers and exhibitors, as well as festival visitors and the general public.

"The publication was officially launched by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on Friday, October 24, 2014, during the 44th International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF) World Congress in Bautzen, Germany."

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