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The Making of Indigenous Knowledge in Intellectual Property Law in Australia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 October 2005

Jane Anderson
Smithsonian Institution. Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Email:


The challenge of how to stop the unauthorized use of Indigenous knowledge has been firmly constituted as a problem to be solved by and managed through the legal domain. In this paper, my questions are directed to the way Indigenous knowledge has been made into a category of intellectual property law and consequently how law has sought to define and manage the boundaries of Indigenous knowledge.

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© 2005 International Cultural Property Society

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