Intellectual Property For All

Camisary, Inc. has joined with the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice (IIPSJ) and the Museum for Black Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MBIE) to undertake an ongoing program to raise national awareness of intellectual property rights, particularly among underserved populations, and to empower individuals with the ability to protect and commercialize their IP without exploitation. This initiative is based on video ethnographic research to document current understanding of IP among creative individuals and thought leaders, which provides a baseline to measure change and a source of insight into how to achieve the project's aims.

This project is a direct outgrowth of a recent law text, Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship and Social Justice: From Swords to Ploughshares (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015), edited by Lateef Mtima, founder and executive director of the IIPSJ and intellectual property law professor at Howard University.

Here we feature a number of video clips drawn from our ethnographic research. Each clip illustrates a particular theme or finding, and provides a vivid and provocative basis to launch a more in-depth conversation about the theme and the topic of IP for all.



John R. Whitman, Ph.D., author of "An entrepreneurship approach to achieving IP social justice" in the law text noted above, executive director of MBIE, and Executive Producer at Camisary, Inc., introduces the video ethnography project.

Barbershops can raise awareness

Expressionist Dwight Pope and barber Chris Baker discuss the educational role of churches, barbershops and beauty salons.


In a perfect world, ...

Business Dean Del Smith and David Person, media content producer, consider what IP would look like in a perfect world.


Regulators favor big business

Business dean Del Smith notes that the law and regulators appear to favor corporations over creative individuals.

Business schools can play a role

Delmonize (Del) Smith, Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at Alabama A & M University, notes that business schools can play a role in raising awareness of intellectual property both in the classroom and in the community.

City planners can promote creativity

Dennis Madsen, long-ranger planner for the City of Huntsville and expressionist Dwight Pope discuss the role of planners to promote creativity.

Hip-hop culture created an explosion

Dwight Pope, expressionist, barber Chris Baker, and drummer Frederick Walker recount how hip-hop ignited an explosion of creativity.

Misappropriation is too common

Poet Kisha Freed and dean Del Smith talk about cases of misappropriation of IP.

IP doesn't resonate

Kisha Freed, poet and publisher, and business dean Del Smith share their awareness of IP and note that the term, "intellectual property" does not resonate with creative people.

Artists should adopt high standards

Writer and spoken word artist Marc Lacy advises artists to strive for high standards in their work; Angela Walker, CEO of Huntsville Community Drumline now recognizes the real need to protect IP. 

It's important to teach young people

Frederick Walker, percussion instructor, and Angela Walker, founder and CEO of Huntsville Community Drumline, note the importance of teaching young people about intellectual property.

IP is not well understood

Business Dean Del Smith and David Person, radio show host and columnist, share the impression that intellectual property is not well understood by many.