n Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems - To copyright or not : pondering the challenges




The article various ways of protecting cultural music are investigated. This is done by firstly presenting a brief outline of the issues forming the subject matter of the current litigation between Gallo and Sting. This is followed by a discussion of various initiatives, (be they suggested, proposed or otherwise) both territorially and in the international arena, which are geared towards preserving and protecting cultural property coupled with the determination of the efficacy thereof (in the case of territorial initiatives) and, where applicable, possible ways of enhancing it. In this feat, the article will touch on and address both the following aspects: (a) intangible cultural expression (music) in the context of intellectual property and copyright regimes; and (b) intangible cultural expression (music) in the context of indigenous traditional knowledge systems. Lastly, a brief review will be given of the progress with endeavours made by South Africa pertaining to the preservation and protection of cultural music.


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