Michael Christie

The Yolngu (Northeast Arnhemland Aboriginal) people have their own theories of text, language, land, identity, representation, and the links amongst them. These theories underlie Yolngu laws of intellectual (and other) property, and the politics of representation.

In our work developing Yolngu language materials for teaching languages and culture at Northern Territory University, we need to take into account both Yolngu and Balanda (white Australian) laws concerning intellectual property.

This presentation starts with some information about the Yolngu world and IP issues in terms of some of the multimedia work being done through NTU, and opens the discussion concerning representation, property, and the law.



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