Yup’ik Alaska Natives Seek Cultural Preservation

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March 9, 2015

Residents of Southwest Alaska are grieving the loss of Paul John, a community elder and cultural leader from Toksook Bay, Alaska. According to KTUU, John died in Anchorage as a result of heart problems on Friday, March 6, at the age of 85. John’s death has a deep and far-reaching impact on the state, as he was viewed as a cultural leader and advocate. He is remembered for teaching traditional ways…


Friends, strangers, and online acquaintances help protect artist’s rights

September 29, 2014

In January, 2014, Tiffany Shao, recent Duke University graduate, was able to bring closure to a copyright violation of her personal work when she received a $500 check from Ubisoft, a video game development company. The process of discovering the copyright infringement, contacting the company, negotiating compensation, and amending contracts had spanned several months. A Stolen Design The design in question was one that Shao had created while in high school, and had…