Thai Government Wants To Copyright Muay Thai
from the not-this-again dept
It appears that Thailand is jumping into this realm as well. thai101 points us to a story of the Thai government "protecting" 25 forms of "traditional arts, wisdom and folklore" via a form of intellectual property protection. Also included? The recently quite popular (in the West) martial art of Muay Thai. Generally these attempts to "protect" such national artforms or foods don't really mean much from a practical standpoint, but it does show how convincing the world that a concept like "intellectual property" is a good thing can lead them to start looking to lock up all sorts of stuff.