Can a group of people or a single person for that matter, be said to 'own' a

Can a group of people or a single person for that matter, be said to 'own' a

Can a group of people or a single person for that matter, be said to 'own' a particular set of behaviours? I'm thinking along the lines of sacred rituals of indigenous peoples, where parts of those rituals (specific actions as part of the ceremony, meant to be kept secret) are appropriated or copied exactly by others outside of the original group without permission.

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