Antons, Christoph, 2008, Traditional cultural expressions and their significance for development in a digital environment: examples from Australia and Southeast Asia, in C. Graber & M. Burri-Nenova (eds.), Intellectual Property and Traditional Cultural Expressions in a Digital Environment, Cheltenham, UK - Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 287-301.
While there are great expectations for traditional cultural expressions (TCE) and their significance for development, at the international level there is still little agreement as to how they are to be defined, the beneficiaries of potential forms of protection, and the benefits from increasing commercialisation distributed. In her chapter, Miriam Sahlfeld points out some of these problems which are also identified in other chapters of this volume. In the following, I will comment on these problem areas by using Sahlfeld's chapter as a point of departure and reference point and by providing examples from my current research focussing on Australia and Southeast Asia.