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  History: "Indigenous Tradition"

In preliterate societies the association of rhythmic or repetitively patterned utterances with supernatural knowledge endures well into historic times. Knowledge is passed from one generation to another. Similar as in the Southern tradition intellectual property rights are rooted in a concept of 'collective' or 'communal' intellectual property existing in perpetuity and not limited to the life of an individual creator plus some number of years after his or her death. Often rights are exercised by only one individual in each generation, often through matrilineal descent.

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    Intellectual Property and the "Information Society" Metaphor
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+1   Basics: Introduction
+2   Basics: Rights Recognized
+3   Basics: Protected Works
Recent "Digital Copyright" Legislation: European Union