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Religions 2016, 7(9), 116; doi:10.3390/rel7090116

Legal Protection for China’s Traditional Religious Knowledge

School of Law, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou 310018, China
Academic Editor: Charles D. Orzech
Received: 20 June 2016 / Revised: 15 August 2016 / Accepted: 1 September 2016 / Published: 6 September 2016
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Abstract

Traditional religious knowledge widely incorporates traditional religious expressions and other forms of traditional knowledge, such as ecological knowledge, medicinal knowledge, elements of languages, and so on. Traditional religious knowledge is a subset of cultural heritage, of which the inheritance and spread have attracted considerable attention from the global society. A series of international conventions have been reached to provide an international forum to negotiate the issues concerning the safeguard of traditional cultural knowledge. China has joined several important international conventions. Nowadays, the domestic laws that can be applied in safeguarding traditional religious knowledge include the intellectual property laws, the Law on Intangible Cultural Heritage, and other sui generis rules. Despite considerable achievements, the shortcomings of the existing rules make them insufficient to protect the interests and rights of traditional religious knowledge and prevent its misappropriation. Therefore, China should make further efforts to solve these challenges to optimize the environment for preserving and spreading traditional religious knowledge. View Full-Text
Keywords: religious; legal protection; traditional knowledge; traditional expressions; culture heritage; preservation and spread religious; legal protection; traditional knowledge; traditional expressions; culture heritage; preservation and spread
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