U.N’s WIPO Negotiate On Making Cultural Appropriation Illegal
Horizon Zero Dawn Cultural Appropriation
(Last Updated On: June 18, 2017)

The United Nation’s World Intellectual Property Organization is being summoned by lower government Social Justice Warriors to negotiate the possibility of making “cultural appropriation” illegal.

According to the CBC, inter-government consulates are attempting to work together to get the WIPO to acknowledge cultural appropriation as an illegal crime.

The WIPO negotiations are being lobbied to include certain clauses about the illegality of cultural appropriation. In the CBC piece they mentioned that James Anaya, dean of law at the University of Colorado, wants the documents to include clauses such as…

“[…] obligate states to create effective criminal and civil enforcement procedures to recognize and prevent the non-consensual taking and illegitimate possession, sale and export of traditional cultural expressions.”

This would effectively make it where clothing stores, media brands, or commercialization of cultural iconography, material and trends would be illegal if the appropriate groups claimed that their culture had been appropriated. In the CBC article, they cite an example where this actually happened back in 2011, when Urban Outfitters was sued by the Navajo Nation to have them remove clothing apparel that used the “Navajo” name.

The WIPO is currently investigating ways to negotiate this after there were claims that various member states of the U.N., have low representation for indigenous participation. According to Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Perry Bellegarde, they’re hoping to expand the inclusion of more indigenous groups who feel slighted by their culture being used in other non-endemic cultures, saying…

“The elders and knowledge keepers are the authorities who should oversee the creation of guidelines and a process for utilizing Indigenous knowledge in any activities,”

 

“We welcome the investigation of such topics on an international stage like the United Nations, but it’s crucial that Indigenous knowledge keepers are part of the dialogue.”

For the most part, the discussions seem to mostly center around indigenous Indian tribes.

So how does this affect gaming? Well during the “localization” of Bravely Second the “Tomahawk” class featuring traditional Native American garb was changed for the North American release after some complaints about cultural appropriation began to appear, as reported by Nintendo Life.

If there was an illegality mandate applied to cultural appropriation, it could mean that games wouldn’t just have to “localize” when using Indian themed garb, material or weapons, it could mean that it would be illegal to include such items, and the games would have to remove them before release.

Horizon: Zero Dawn was also brought under the microscope for culturally appropriating Native American themes and outfits, as reported by Heat Street. If the WIPO negotiations actually included making cultural appropriation illegal, then Guerrilla Games could have ended up (and still could end up) in big trouble.

This isn’t even the first time the United Nations has crossed paths with the gaming industry where it could have had potentially devastating results. Previously another body of the U.N., tried to get Japan to censor anime, manga and video games that depict certain kinds of violence against women. Japan respectfully declined the request. If the WIPO goes through with pursuing the illegality of cultural appropriation, nations and corporations won’t be able to simply respectfully decline.


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  • BooBooBaby

    Get rid the UN altogether! They are a burden and a waste of Money!!

    They care about All kinds of BS except the Real Problems! They are Racist Race Baiters too!

    Tell them to F Off!!!

  • Leonardo Cornejo Bernal

    Is there anything we can do against it?

    • Nope. Unless you have contacts with the diplomats that represent the nations in discussion with the WIPO.

      • Leonardo Cornejo Bernal

        But this is a threat to free speech. There should be a way to fight back! Dunno, petitions, forming a coalition against it, something!

        • Talk to your local representative to find out if they can bring the issue to Senate/Parliament and in turn find out if they can address the issue with the ambassadors attending the WIPO negotiations. It’s the sort of thing that likely goes well over the heads of the average person unless you have contact with a political whip.

          Additionally, depending on where you live, you might be able to make headway by contacting your district’s local culture leader and seeing if they’re keyed into conversations as to whether or not they’re bringing this issue up to the forefront with those attempting to negotiate with WIPO.

          • Leonardo Cornejo Bernal

            TL;DR. There is nothing I in particular can do since I live in Mexico, a country where civil rights and freedom issues are not even talked about by politicians. Great. Hey! Anyone who is part of a “minority” with political representatives, you are our only hope.

  • Funtime Happysnacks

    Why don’t the Leftists just put a gun to Pop Culture’s head and pull the fucking trigger already. They know people don’t have the energy to fight this shit forever. I’m becoming numb to this outrage culture.

  • Nanya

    Funny, I’m white, but I have Native American ancestors.

    What if I want to have Native American garb for sale?

    Good thing I live in the USA (Which just ruled, via Supreme Court, that Hate Speech isn’t a thing!)

  • Nanya

    Funny, I’m white, but I have Native American ancestors.

    What if I want to have Native American garb for sale?

    Good thing I live in the USA (Which just ruled, via Supreme Court, that Hate Speech isn’t a thing!)

  • Nanya

    Funny, I’m white, but I have Native American ancestors.

    What if I want to have Native American garb for sale?

    Good thing I live in the USA (Which just ruled, via Supreme Court, that Hate Speech isn’t a thing!)

  • Mr.Towel

    prevent the non-consensual taking and illegitimate possession, sale and export of traditional cultural expressions.”

    How the fucking hell you can take legal-consent from a whole culture?!

  • Mr.Towel

    prevent the non-consensual taking and illegitimate possession, sale and export of traditional cultural expressions.”

    How the fucking hell you can take legal-consent from a whole culture?!

    • Ask (or pay) the SJW overlord who represents that group.

  • Pratim Gupta

    Tell me….ever heard of mods before, You will

  • Pratim Gupta

    Tell me….ever heard of mods before, You will

  • Pratim Gupta

    Tell me….ever heard of mods before, You will

  • Disqusted

    I guess the new Mario game will have to be cancelled! Along with just about everything else in the world. Let us all regress back to 1 year old baby times.

    Need I remind everyone again that Japan likes to lift and enjoy the good parts of virtually every culture, and they don’t get offended over it? You know the world is f**ked when Japan celebrates Christmas Day but the rest of the world isn’t allowed to anymore because “it might offend somebody”.

  • Lionhart16

    I think that this needs to be brought to the POTUS’s attention ASAP, cuz this is BS if I’ve ever seen any.

    • Disqusted

      They’re keeping him busy with constant bullshit accusations. They’re waiting for him to take 1mm of a toenail out of line so they can impeach him and then go back to selling and raping kids with impunity.

  • RetroGamer

    These are the same people who trumpet the virtues of “diversity.” Does being exposed to the style, aesthetics and customs of another culture not cultivate some level of curiosity and appreciation toward that culture? Cultural exposure is a good thing.

    • Disqusted

      Yes, but they don’t actually care about that. They just want something to bitch about.

    • Funtime Happysnacks

      Diversity, that’s working real well for Europe huh?

  • This is severely dangerous if adopted into law. Not only would cosplayers who aren’t Asian get into massive trouble, but merely importing products from outside your country could be prevented, because the definition of cultural appropriation is so deliberately vague that anything could count as “belonging” to a culture. Except, of course, for white-majority cultures, which is painfully obvious but will never be admitted, because it just might sound a little bit racist.

    I seriously hope no country actually adopts this if it comes to pass, because our hobbies are otherwise fucked.

    • Forgot about cosplaying… but yeah, they would be completely screwed over unless the people doing the cosplaying were part of the race/tribe/etc., that the cosplay was based on.

      • They wouldn’t even accept that, probably. I cosplay as white characters from Japanese works, but chances are I’m still “appropriating” the character because I’m not Asian.

    • Disqusted

      Remember when this happened?
      http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2015/08/04/commentary/japan-commentary/kimono-cultural-appropriation/

      If I recall correctly, the Asian-Americans who bitched about “cultural appropriation” weren’t even Japanese.

      • Yup, I do remember that. It encapsulates the problem of a small minority group claiming to represent people who they don’t share any relation with outside of skin colour. Despicable.

        • Disqusted

          Also known as SJWs.

          Everyone here probably already knows that Japanese people generally love seeing other countries appreciating their culture. SJWs probably think appreciation and appropriation are the same word.

    • EroBotan

      if they implement this properly without bias, then only westerners are allowed to wear western clothing, ride an aeroplane, use computer, watching movies, etc.

      • Disqusted

        Going by their past record, bashing white people or Japan doesn’t count as being biased.

  • LurkerJK

    Can somebody explain to me why do we need the UN ? They obviously have WAAAAY too much free time on their hands

    • Disqusted

      If “free time” means “molested children”.

  • durka durka

    soooooo you are saying the Greeks can sue the western world and climb out of their debt?

    • Disqusted

      That would be hilarious.

    • Samy Sketch

      It’s also reasonable to say that Marxism should be considered ‘german’ and then demand China, Nork et al stop their appropriation of german culture

    • Samy Sketch

      It’s also reasonable to say that Marxism should be considered ‘german’ and then demand China, Nork et al stop their appropriation of german culture

  • RichardGristle

    The U.S. needs to leave the U.N. already and kick it the hell off our soil.

    • Disqusted

      The U.N. needs to stop climbing out of Pandora’s Box. And while they’re at it, stop dragging kids back into the box with them.

  • Feli Aslan

    Wouldn’t this mean that the jews basically could render Islam and Christianity illegal, as both religions basically appropriate their religious mythology and holy books?

    And then again, whats with language? Doesn’t this mean non-british people aren’t allowed to speak english anymore? But it wouldn’t end at this point, the entire western culture would be closed for non-european people.

    Fuck, not even there. Do these people know nothing about historiy and culture? How they work into each other? Imagine a world withouth cultural appropiation, every culture that is build in any shape for form on hellenistic writers, culture or history would break, which means that many fundations of the european but also many islamic cultures would be shattered.There would be heavy research needed, what as actually invented by which culture. Like, for example the arabic numerals may be called arabic, but they are actually indian. And yeah, it would also destroy the entire foundation of our mathematics and computer programming. And this examples are nothing but the most superficial basics.

    Like…do these people know how cultures who don’t commit cultural appropriation look like? Look at many indigenous cultures, those who never had contact to other cultures. They are absolutely primitive, nothing important comes from them and there isn’t any real depth in their culture, there is no progress, nothing. It is human society and living on the most basic level. Cultural interaction and appropriation is in my opinion the basic lifeblood of human civilisation. Without it, there is only stagnation, we need the stimulation of of foreign ideas, as much as we need others to adapt our ideas and work on them on their own.

    • GodBowser

      Your comment was really informative and made me wonder how mentally challenged these SJW’s are

    • durka durka

      “Wouldn’t this mean that the jews basically could render Islam and

      Christianity illegal, as both religions basically appropriate their
      religious mythology and holy books?”

      You know that might not be a bad thing.

      “every culture that is build in any shape for form on hellenistic writers”

      So you are saying the Greeks could sue the west and make money?

      • Feli Aslan

        And we germans could sue the SJWs. You know, marxism is our cultural property.

        • durka durka

          Ah, so the Greeks get fucked once again, marxism seems to be pretty strong there. Then people wonder why those countries failed.

          http://gflec.org/initiatives/sp-global-finlit-survey/

          But am sure it is all because of some evil power like USA or Germany in europe and voting for some kind of left wing populist like Maduro, Tsipras or Corbyn is gonna fix it. You dont need to know the first thing about economics to have a good economy, just vote for someone who also despises capitalism as much as you and somehow the problem will be fixed.

          When you own the rigts to Marxism, make sure you bury it, bury it deep like EA buries franchises to the bottom of the earth.

          • Feli Aslan

            I think we should look at the real problem here. They are culturally appropriating parts of our culture. Karl Marx and Friedlich Engels where germans, marxism is therefore a german cultural property. I think my country should sue the shit out of marxist politics and US-Colleges.

          • Feli Aslan

            I think we should look at the real problem here. They are culturally appropriating parts of our culture. Karl Marx and Friedlich Engels where germans, marxism is therefore a german cultural property. I think my country should sue the shit out of marxist politics and US-Colleges.

          • Feli Aslan

            I think we should look at the real problem here. They are culturally appropriating parts of our culture. Karl Marx and Friedlich Engels where germans, marxism is therefore a german cultural property. I think my country should sue the shit out of marxist politics and US-Colleges.

        • durka durka

          Ah, so the Greeks get fucked once again, marxism seems to be pretty strong there. Then people wonder why those countries failed.

          http://gflec.org/initiatives/sp-global-finlit-survey/

          But am sure it is all because of some evil power like USA or Germany in europe and voting for some kind of left wing populist like Maduro, Tsipras or Corbyn is gonna fix it. You dont need to know the first thing about economics to have a good economy, just vote for someone who also despises capitalism as much as you and somehow the problem will be fixed.

          When you own the rigts to Marxism, make sure you bury it, bury it deep like EA buries franchises to the bottom of the earth.

  • Bitterbear

    Wanna bet the Canadian government will embrace it head-on?

    • Funtime Happysnacks

      On behalf of Torontonians at least, I want to say that most of us are normal and rational. You do not see insane doublethink SJWs outside of campuses typically, like U of T.

      That said, I wish our prime minister would keep his kinks in the bedroom and stop bending over to let everyone peg his ass while saying ‘thank you’.

  • Alistair

    Besides I think this is SJWs last straw getting things done they so desperate that they now using two prong attack. This and ninty buzz word for censorship.

    Japan told to the UN to fuck off who gonna say F O to UN now.

  • Alistair

    Another reason that the joker of the pack the UN is even more irrelevant today they simply can’t not be trusted and should be disbanded.

    If this do happen it be very messy for all but even then I do not think it will work as in UK we already got a mutil culture nation.

    And they culture are intertwined with ours.

    Now billy do not forget that other Bombshell what ninty new buzz word for censorship.

    • Now billy do not forget that other Bombshell what ninty new buzz word for censorship.

      I didn’t forget. I have something planned for that later on.

    • Disqusted

      It’s hard to forget mental trauma.

  • Keystone

    Good luck trying to enforce this. Complete joke legislation.

  • Daniel Ream

    For what it’s worth, the UN has no binding authority on any of its member nations.

    WIPO is a treaty between member nations, and as such has to be ratified by each member nation. Even if WIPO decides to amend the treaty, nothing changes unless and until each signatory ratifies the amendments. As in the case with Japan, any member nation can tell the UN to go pound sand and there’s nothing they can do.

    • Funtime Happysnacks

      Regardless of the fact they can’t actually put things in motion on their own without heavy support, these crybaby appeals to the UN are piling up which is going to get the attention of others who have power.

      Not just this, but also the appeal last year for UN to confront Japan about banning anime or manga depicting violence against women (which a female representative vehemently rejected, stating that this showed only concern for the rights of fictional women and none for the rights of women who worked in the anime and manga industry). Also Zoe Quinn and Anita feeding the UN a load of fake horseshit about women being bullied online.

      • You wonder how long the resistance can hold. Because like you say, the crybaby appeals are piling up. And we all know that if there are enough crybabies whining, they’ll always get what they want eventually. See feminism in the West for example, they are surely the biggest whiners on the planet. All it takes is for one of these perpetually-offended maggots to get offended by something and it spreads like cancer on social media, once that happens the creator of the supposed “offensive” material gets lynch-mobbed and bullied and is eventually forced to censor the material and then kowtow and apologize to them.

        This is not only the UN but for any company, organization, institution and even the law and government. Too many people underestimate the power these crybullies have.

  • GodBowser

    Since Feminazi Zero Dawn is being seen as cultural appropriation I have to wonder if any other SJW games might have any cultural appropriation in them

  • Ghost

    So, what would this mean for the food industry? “Sorry, La’Qwuesha, it’s illegal for you to make french toast; you’re the wrong color.” Probably wouldn’t apply to white people food.

    • They would probably go after restaurant chains. But that’s actually a good question because a lot of places offer up specialty foods from other cultures.

      • Disqusted

        Not sure if you’ll see it, but I responded to Ghost’s comment with a link to that thing about two burrito-selling women who were shutdown over accusations of “cultural appropriation”.

        • Comments are moving fast in the backend. I’ll see if I can spot it.

          • Disqusted

            That sounds like a huge pain to read.

        • Funtime Happysnacks

          Ah, ah, hold on. Those two went down to Mexico and GRILLED chefs and Mexican restauranteurs for their recipes and techniques, and then reused them in america. Not quite the same thing. It wasn’t just them appropriating the culture, they stole recipes.

          • Disqusted

            Thanks for the clarification. Still, I wouldn’t expect any chefs or restauranteurs to reveal their recipes and techniques to me for that exact reason.

            And I guess the important thing is whether the source of the outrage was knowledge of that, or people raging over cultural appropriation.

            The latter has already happened in other contexts, like that museum kimono thing, and the Asian taxi driver with the Hawaiian bobblehead on his dashboard.

          • Funtime Happysnacks

            Yeah fake accusations of cultural appropriation are much more common and obviously depending on how insane the accusers are, it can ruin lives.

          • BooBooBaby

            That’s not exactly what happened….that’s what the Brainwashing Lunatic Lying Lefty Racist Race Baiting Whiny Loser Nutjob LIBERAL DemonRat CryBaby Hypocrite Snowflake Filthy Libt4rd Fake News Media is saying/reporting! Lolz!

            What’s next….a black couple goes to Italy on vacation and watches and talks to Cooks/Chefs on how to make “Gnocchi’s”. Then they come back and make them in the States…..and people find out where they learned to make “Gnocchi’s”…..and BOOM…
            they are forced to close and are called “Culture Appropriating Racists”!
            Lmao! Oh….Nevermind! This kind of BS only happens to White Folks! Lolz! 😉

            Even though it seems like Every race and nationality “Culture Appropriates” the “White” Race and Nationalities. Hehehe! 😉

            In reality we all take from each other. I don’t think what those women did was wrong. And they actually didn’t grill anyone for a recipe…..what’s funny is I am Mixed Races and Nationalities, and one of mine just so happens to be Mexican. I can make some Great “Mexican” food. I am also part Italian. I make great Italian food too. I am also Native American, Irish, Polish, Filipino, African, German, Persian, Pacific Islander….
            I personally don’t care who makes what…..like I said we all take from each other.

            Sure seems like people have too much time on their hands!
            I find the UN to be a Waste….we should get rid of it.
            ☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡

          • Funtime Happysnacks

            The two women talked about peeking in the windows of kitchens when they were told to leave, and were very emphatic about how they pressed a ton of cooks for their techniques and recipes. That’s why they were accused of stealing the culture.

          • Funtime Happysnacks

            The two women talked about peeking in the windows of kitchens when they were told to leave, and were very emphatic about how they pressed a ton of cooks for their techniques and recipes. That’s why they were accused of stealing the culture.

    • Disqusted
      • GG

        Wow… just… wow. Since they were white women inspired by traditional recipes, they were roasted.

        You know, is Evolution really a thing? Because if it is… I would loooove to hear an argument on Natural Selection and why it’s failing so hard. These brainless morons can’t exist!

        And yet, I wake up… and the nightmare is real.

        • Alistair

          Hmm interesting were all the regressions SJWs screaming that sexist how dare they pick on white women that try to “work”

          But all we get is silence if they were both white males they will stay silence. It shows what hypocrisy the regressions SJWs are.

          • Disqusted

            White women aren’t as high on the minorities list, or whatever the hell they call it.

        • Alistair

          Hmm interesting were all the regressions SJWs screaming that sexist how dare they pick on white women that try to “work”

          But all we get is silence if they were both white males they will stay silence. It shows what hypocrisy the regressions SJWs are.

    • Mr.Towel

      There’s precedent for this, sadly.

    • Mr.Towel

      There’s precedent for this, sadly.

    • Mr.Towel

      There’s precedent for this, sadly.

    • Mr.Towel

      There’s precedent for this, sadly.

  • Grey

    I didn’t think any branch of the UN could honestly top the idiocy of that cyber-violence report, but apparently I was mistaken. Why is this even being considered? How does the UN actually expect to enforce this, if they push ahead with it?

  • Hawk Hopper

    The UN will have to culturally appropriate from the gays and suck my dick.

  • Gozu Tennoh

    So diversity is forced on us but we’re actually not allowed to accept it!?

    If these mentally ill people cannot be swept aside by democratic means then what else is there?

    • Kiryu

      It’s about making us just as insane as they are,turning everything upside down,creating chaos.

      • Disqusted

        I think they’re trying to make everyone into 1 year olds to justify their penchant for banging kids.

    • mikebrand83

      War is peace.
      Freedom is slavery.
      Ignorance is strength.
      Segregation is diversity.

      -The UN, apparently.

      • Disqusted

        You forgot something like “children are consenting adults”.
        The U.N. loves raping them some kids.

        And “drawings are real people”, I guess.
        U.N. loves bashing Japan for no reason.

  • BACFA

    Hi def stick figures on the way for your 8k console.

    • Disqusted

      With anti-aliasing, I hope.

  • Kiryu

    One more reason why the UN is a joke,this is totalitarian.

    • Kyle Haddad

      Honestly if this passes, Then the US must leave. This law would go against our first amendment to such a degree that it is outright antithetical to the western world as a whole, let alone the US who prides the right to speak freely more so than the right to bear arms. And we’re pretty damned big on our guns.

      • Funtime Happysnacks

        The thing is, the only people who give a shit about “cultural appropriation” are Americans privileged enough to live in a first world country that clearly doesn’t have anything more urgent for them to be concerned with, instead.