Professor Peter Jaszi Authors Report on Protection of the Traditional Arts in Indonesia

September 17, 2009

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Traditional Culture:  A Step Forward for Protection in Indonesia

Peter Jazsi, 2009
PIJIP, Washington College of Law

Professor Peter Jaszi’s new book on the protection of Indonesian traditional artists and their work has been published.  Traditional Culture:  A Step Forward for Protection in Indonesia is the culmination of research conducted as part of a group of scholars, journalists, and observers of the arts who made multiple trips to Central Java and Bali to look at the practice of certain “traditional” arts.  These arts—Javanese wayang kulit, gamelan music, and batik, and Balinese dance, gamelan music, and ikat—have, like most Indonesian arts, historically operated without Intellectual Property (IP) regulation.  Professor Jazsi met with artists, performers, and creators to discuss their concerns regarding the current state of their arts, and to explore possibilities for attribution and compensation for their work. The work generously supported with a grant from the Ford Foundation.