February 20, 2007

Cross-Cultural Partnerships: Thinking beyond IP

Filed under: DMCA, art, open — Wendy @ 3:19 pm

What do anthropologists, teachers, cultural leaders, digital artists, technologists, and lawyers do when they get together? Well, a group of us convened in Maine earlier this winter to talk about cultural sharing: As western corporations seek out the traditional knowledge of farmers and healers in the developing world, or artists seek ways to share their art with corporate audiences, could we develop frameworks in which those from different cultural backgrounds could share knowledge on equal footing?

A few intense days of discussion developed a Cross-Cultural Partnership framework, using the legal infrastructure of a partnership agreement to enable the parties to describe their joint and separate goals in a common project. The framework provides a bare template, to which those working together must add descriptions of their aims and intentions. It’s our hope that the entanglement of the partnership form, requiring greater personal involvement than an arms’-length contract or license, will help parties to bridge different values and backgrounds.

We’re still in early draft and I welcome readers’ thoughts and comments. Excerpts from the template’s preamble follow the “More” link.


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