Communal Innovation Trust
A proposal by David Martin to protect "Heritable Knowlege" (commonly called Traditional Knowledge
"The Communal Innovation Trust shall register (using culturally relevant means including, but not limited to written, artistic, oral, kinesthetic, or customary practice) and hold, in perpetuity, all right, title and interest in ancestral and heritable knowledge pertaining to living things, natural things and all uses, derivative uses, and improvements thereof and derived, in any fashion therefrom. Such registry shall be retained in written records or be de facto established as registered by the independent attestation of unwritten traditions or practices by no less than three unrelated parties. Further, the Communal Innovation Trust shall register and hold, in perpetuity, all right, title and interest in ancestral or heritable knowledge pertaining to artistic, music, cultural and oral traditions and all uses, derivative uses, or improvements thereof.
The Communal Innovation Trust shall be inalienable from the State. Under the consent of the cultural chief or designate, regional government, or national government, the Communal Innovation Trust may be licensed, used as an assessable but unseverable collateral guarantee for financial transactions, or serve as the basis for enterprise. Such use shall require, in all instances, payment of consideration which shall be a proportion of all value and consideration derived from its use.
The Communal Innovation Trust shall apply, retroactively to all subject matter taken from the State without participating consideration in the form of employment, knowledge and revenue sharing, and mode of production contemporaneous location.
The Communal Innovation Trust shall pre-empt any and all Intellectual Property Rights heretofore promulgated or hereinafter contemplated and shall be defended as a sovereign Contract Right of the State." (http://www.m-cam.com/downloads/11042008.doc)