A Cultural Economic Analysis of Crafts: A View from the Workshop of the World

  • John Ballyn


Most craft production is a pre-industrial cultural heritage which involves informal sector SME family enterprises producing for supplementary income or making crafts full time. Many artisans have less formal education, dislike taking risks, rely on intuitive understanding of domestic markets. They use modern technologies, so global access is not necessarily beyond their reach; but lack knowledge of Intellectual Property Protection (IPP), which is handled by lawyers or agencies using complex legal language. IPP Registration fees seem expensive, and low-cost crafts are not easy to protect. High legal costs challenging IP infringements can be prohibitive. In such a context the paper explores what criteria should be considered when helping crafts producers protect their IP?


Intellectual Property Protection Crafts Informal sector Traditional knowledge and skill 


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  • John Ballyn
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  1. 1.Independent ConsultantLondonUK

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