In 2016 Romanian lawyer Monica Boța Moisin developed the theory of cultural intellectual property rights aimed at supporting the unprotected rights of traditional “designers” and pioneered the field of Cultural Intellectual Property Law.
According to this theory, cultural intellectual property rights are a new generation of rights designed to protect the intellectual work of artisans, craftsmen and craftswomen and to offer a form of compensation for their contribution to the survival of cultural heritage by transmitting traditional techniques and traditional cultural expressions from generation to generation.
For a Project to become a member of the Cultural IP Initiative, the following conditions must be met:
The Project recognizes the existence of cultural intellectual property rights of artisans, craftsmen and craftswomen, Indigenous peoples and traditional creative communities;
The Project creates cultural sustainability by participating in ensuring the survival of a craft or a traditional cultural expression and its transmission to future generations;
The Project creates positive social impact.