Legal Lab Live: Indigenous Sovereignty in the Metaverse

Online Thu 20 Oct 12-1pm BST/10-11pm AEST/7-8am EDT Free Open Captions
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How can the metaverse support Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property, sovereign rights and custodianship?

What are the challenges faced by Indigenous-led creative practices within persistent, concurrent, virtual contexts?

The metaverse – an always-online, persistent, spatial ‘second’ world and an emerging internet megastructure – is a landscape Serpentine Arts Technologies continues to interrogate through artistic commissions and culturally-led research and development. Under the leadership of Serpentine Legal Lab’s Principal Investigator, Alana Kushnir, legal issues in the metaverse concerning intellectual property, moral rights and Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) are ongoing areas of discussion. Addressing these considerations is key to securing the future roles of both artists and cultural organisations in the metaverse.

Join Australian First Nations Cultural Broker and Author Vanessa Lee-Ah Mat and Serpentine Legal Lab Principal Investigator and Director of Guest Work Agency, Alana Kushnir for the second Legal Lab Live session as they explore Indigenous agency and data sovereignty in the metaverse, and the relevance of ICIP.

This event will be streamed live on Thursday 20 October from 12:00-13:00 BST/22:00-23:00 AEST/07:00-08:00 EDT in real time. Audience members will be able to ask questions throughout the conversation via our Twitch channel interface.

The information and material provided as part of this event is of a general nature only and should not be considered legal or financial advice. If you are an artist or cultural organisation entering into the Metaverse we recommend you obtain specific advice from a qualified professional who can take into account your circumstances and particular needs.

Please be advised: this session may contain the names, images and voices of people who are now deceased. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural content shared as part of this session is protected by Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP), which means that you should not reproduce or communicate this cultural content without permission from the knowledge holders of that culture.

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You will need to create a Twitch account to join the conversation in real-time and take part. This is free and instructions can be found here.

This event will have live open captions.

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