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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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The Tongue Does Not Rot

The Tongue Does Not Rot

Authorship, Ancestors, and Cloth

(p.35) Chapter 1 The Tongue Does Not Rot
The Copyright Thing Doesn't Work Here

Boatema Boateng

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the authorship and ownership practices of Asante cloth makers that the intellectual property law opposed. Asante’s design of adinkra and kente became their ownership claims. These claims encompass cloth production as a whole; therefore, distinguishing it from claims over individual designs, which is an intellectual property right. The chapter also explains the generational teaching of producing these fabrics. Those with strongest access in learning to produce these fabrics are cloth makers’ immediate family members who are familiar with the cloth production process.

Keywords:   Asante cloth makers, adinkra, kente, fabrics, designs, ownership claims, intellectual property

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