Intellectual property: N.W.T. leaders seek help to stop knockoffs of northern art

CBC North – Dene leaders in the Northwest Territories, as well as those who appreciate northern art, are calling for help in protecting northern artists from cheap knockoffs of their work. Meeting last week in Inuvik, N.W.T., Dene leaders passed a motion calling for patents to protect traditional aboriginal designs in an effort to stop foreign companies from copying them. From factory-made inukshuks to mass-produced baskets and beadwork, knockoffs of northern art are being sold to tourists in Canada for a fraction of the price of original works.

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