Public Seminar: Impact of IP Laws on Indonesian Traditional Arts

Hotel Atlet Century, Jakarta, Indonesia

For two weeks in July 2005, a group of international and Indonesian researchers, lawyers, and activists versed in IP, arts, and cultural policy, met with other relevant actors to discuss the complexities and challenges associated with the protection of traditional arts. The trip was intended to 1) prompt greater discussion of these issues within Indonesia, especially among communities of artists whose work is most affected by the new law, and 2) help support and build connections among the small number of research and policy actors who bring critical perspectives to bear on the intersection of intellectual property, cultural policy, traditional arts, and trade. The trip concluded with a public seminar in Jakarta on July 29, 2005, and the release of a declaration on "The Impact of Intellectual Property Laws on Indonesian Traditional Arts" by the group.