Changing the Default: Taking Aboriginal Systems of Accountability Seriously
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In what follows, the author examines how recent indigenous digital projects challenge both expanded copyright laws as a means to “protect” indigenous culture and the very notion of “communal” rights as the primary state apparatus for doing so. To work through this complex terrain, she draws on her digital collaborations with Warumungu people in the Northern Territory of Central Australia and their conceptual overlap with recent national copyright legislation and intellectual property rights (IPR) movements. What emerges is both a workable methodology for adapting to and adopting local sets of intellectual property systems through processes of digital translation and co-production and a challenge to the contemporary intellectual property rights climate in Australia and globally.