Artisan Intellectual Property

The intellectual property rights of the Mexican artisan has been re-confirmed by INAH National Institue of Archeology and History, cabinet-level ministry of federal government.

https://www.inah.gob.mx/ National Institue of Archeology and History

The artisan’s right to his or her creations is an article of established United States law.

Jewelry-design art is a record of the designer’s explicit intention for an original-model.
The work that underlies the idea of the artisan or silversmith is found in the design art.


In some cases, the design can be identified with a single person or a single family. In many
cases, however, that design will associate with the communal effort of a village, or a barrio.

The intellectual authorship rights of the indigenous artisan
is at stake in this affair. Do artisans own their designs or not?
Who owns our art? Any foreign buyer who wants to copy them?

The merchants will tell you that they can copy an design they want
and that this is just a part of ‘the rules of the game’. But those rules
are changing now; in Mexico’s new government, artisans have rights.

17 U.S.C. 101 (defining “Pictorial, graphic and sculptural works” as “Such works shall include works of artistic craftsmanship insofar as their form but not their mechanical or utilitarian aspects are concerned; the design of a useful article, as defined in this section, shall be considered a pictorial, graphic, or sculptural work only if, and only to the extent that, such design incorporates pictorial, graphic, or sculptural features that can be identified separately from, and are capable of existing independently of, the utilitarian aspects of the article.”)

HANDCRAFTED PILL BOX ARMAZÓN; FOR INLAY WITH SHELL, STONE OR NAHUA FLOWERS

FLEXIBLE FISH BACIFIC BLUE ABALONE SHELL OVERLAY BY TAXCO EL VIEJO ARTISANS

FLEXIBLE BELT BUCKLE BACK WITH TUBE FIXTURE SO THE BELT BUCKLE WILL LIE FLAT

SELF-CLOSING HANDCRAFTED HAIR BARRETTE CLIP SHELL MOSAIC OVERLAY BARETTE

TAXCO EL VIEJO HANDCRAFTED ‘CLIP’ BRACELET, INGENIOUS EASY SECURE CLOSURE

Intellectual Property Rights of Artisans

HALD-ROUND AND ORNAMENTAL TWISTED WIRE; ADJUSTABLE-BRACELET WITH BEZEL

RIGHTS OF ARTISANS TO THEIR CREATIONS IS SOUNDLY FOUNDED IN LAW.

Faur Trade Federation Director Paul Solt Acknowledges of Artisan Property Rights

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