Applied Anthropologists around the world are researching the impact of cultural copyright and advocating for indigenous populations' rights to their intellectual and cultural property. Along with looking at cultural appropriation, anthropologists are also interested in uncovering the effects of contemporary copyright laws on cultural practice and economy.
Below are a number of resources and cases where anthropologists have taken a closer look at the phenomena of copyright's effect and influence on different societies over time.
Our Culture, Our Rights
Who Owns Native Culture? by Michael F. Brown
Publication Date: 2003-09-29
An introduction to questions of cultural ownership, group privacy, intellectual property, and the recovery of indigenous identities.
Drawing on over 15 years of anthropological fieldwork, Dr Pinheiro-Machado presents her ethnographic findings about the impact of the criminalization of copyright infringement on ordinary street-traders in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil and the Paraguayan border.