Traditional Cultural Expressions and Folklore

ICMP is closely following the debate over a possible WIPO instrument aimed at protecting traditional cultural expressions and folklore. Words from songs, poetry, and rhythm are being proposed as part of this instrument.

ICMP believes that existing intellectual property laws are flexible enough to provide the necessary protection of literary and artistic traditional forms cultural expressions and folklore. However, in cases where existing IP laws prove to be insufficient, ICMP believes that voluntary instruments such as codes of conduct and other soft law mechanisms are the most appropriate way forward.