expertkonferens i maj i Frankrike följde upp FNs Farida Shahids FN-rapport. Bl a slogs fast att copyright inte är en mänsklig rättighet
A recent report entitled “copyright policy and the right to science and culture,” presented at the 28th session of the Human Right Council in March 2015 by UN Special Rapporteur Farida Shaheed shed some light on this debate, however. Her report then attracted attention in the European arena in the context of the ongoing copyright reform. In this context, an international group of experts recently commented on it at the University of Strasbourg Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI).
In the report, the right to science and culture refers to Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
In addition, “the human right to protection of authorship requires that copyright policy … ensure that authors benefit materially,” said the report. On this ground, the experts rejected the assumption that stronger copyright protection advances the authors’ material interests and drew an important distinction between human authors and corporate rights holders.