An academic raises the question, "Where's the money?" about outlanders "exploiting" Scotland's cultural legacy.

A renowned academic claims that TV shows such as Outlander are guilty of abusing Scotland's cultural heritage.   

The time-traveling drama centers on the adventures of English nurse Claire Randall, played by Caitriona Balfe, and Highland warrior Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan.  

The 'Outlander effect', a surge in tourism in Scotland, is largely attributed to it.  

The television series and Diana Gabaldon's books have gained a sizable cult following worldwide, particularly in the United States.  

However, according to Dr. Stephen Collins of the University of West of Scotland, it and other works of art, including the James Bond film Skyfall, are inaccurate in their portrayal of Scottish history and culture.   

With the UK slated to sign the UNESCO convention on the protection of intangible cultural heritage in 2003, it comes with a catch.   

"We expect that the implementation of the 2003 Convention will solve two critical challenges," he stated. "First, is the preservation and transmission of intangible cultural assets from one generation to the next.  

This problem is especially serious in parts of Scotland where Gaelic and other languages are dying out, which could lead to the loss of the history as well.  

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