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IPRs are one of the structures that ‘assure’ some protection of artiste’s original work, but they are mostly misunderstood.
If the artiste ( by this, I mean anybody who produces a creative original work, not perfecting on an existing piece of art) is not
aware of the need to understand how the various components determine the extent
in which idea has been infringed, then it might hit a bottom rock.
Proprietary rights can never be isolated from their creator(s) and therefore, it becomes imperative for an artiste to be involved
in knowing the application of their rights to whatever material they are
Maybe WIPO and TRIPS can make it compulsory for artistes to legally secure and protect their work if we are looking at improving on an
individual’s IPRs, while at the same time making their works have some more
economic value. This, in my opinion, can be done by these bodies giving grants
to upcoming and existing artistes through National Artistes’ Endowment Fund –
on the basis that countries which contribute to this fund are members of WIPO
Maybe, just maybe, then, we would be able to protect an artiste’s interest, while maintaining the national heritage, especially now that the internet plays a significant role in IPRs.
I don't know what you think on this one!