Our mission is to promote and implement benefit-sharing business models for  fostering socially and culturally sustainable collaborations between craftspeople and contemporary designers in the fashion business, based on a fair distribution of intellectual property rights and cultural intellectual property rights®.

Through a worldwide network of professionals we want to offer our members support and consultancy in adopting personalized benefit sharing business models based the 3Cs' Rule: Consent. Credit. Compensation© and creating cultural trademarks©

CULTURAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 
RIGHTS
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Cultural intellectual property rights® (CIPR) are a proposal for a new generation of rights related to Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCEs). They are recognised to TK and TCEs guardians and custodians and offer legal protection against misappropriation and misuse for an indefinite period of time. With relevance to the fashion and textile industry, CIPR are 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 designs, traditional techniques and traditional cultural expressions from generation to generation.

THE BENEFIT-SHARING BUSINESS MODEL

Based on the recognition of cultural intellectual property rights® for artisans, craftsmen and craftswomen, as guardians of traditional cultural expressions, the benefit sharing business model implies investment in the community in exchange for the skill and traditional knowledge.

THE

CULTURAL TRADEMARK© 

THE

CULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY SEAL©

The cultural trademark is a mechanism that certifies an authorized commercialization and/or the source of cultural products, traditional cultural expressions and expressions of folklore of a community, tribe or group.

The Cultural Sustainability Seal certifies that a product has been developed by integrating traditional knowledge in the supply chain and enables cross-generational knowledge transmission.

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THE 3Cs' Rule: 

Consent. Credit. Compensation©

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The 3Cs stand for: Consent (Free, Prior and Informed Consent of the craftsperson, indigenous or local community), Credit (acknowledgement of the source community and inspiration) and Compensation (monetary or non-monetary). 

Inspired by The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, the Cultural Intellectual Property Rights Initiative® has developed the 3Cs' Rule to guide best practices for the use and distribution of TK and TCEs in the context of the fashion and textile industry and not only. 

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The Cultural Intellectual Property Rights​​ Initiative is a Registered Trademark® in the European Union. 

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