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The Copyright Thing Doesn't Work HereAdinkra and Kente Cloth and Intellectual Property in Ghana$
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Boatema Boateng

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670024

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670024.001.0001

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Indexes of Culture and Power

Indexes of Culture and Power

(p.1) Introduction Indexes of Culture and Power
The Copyright Thing Doesn't Work Here

Boatema Boateng

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter addresses the ownership and intellectual property protection of adinkra and kente fabrics. It asks: what are the opposing principles of authorship and alienability in the production of these fabrics? What are the legal implications when these conflicting principles meet? What appropriation practices are found around adinkra and kente, and what are their implications in Ghana’s copyright protections of folklore? Adinkra and kente are among arts that became an important part of Asante culture from the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries, specifically for the social and economic significance of cloth in Ghana.

Keywords:   intellectual property protection, adinkra fabric, kente fabric, alienability, authorship, Asante culture, Ghana

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