[A2k] [Ip-health] Is access to information a human right?

Philippe Aigrain philippe.aigrain at wanadoo.fr
Mon Jan 5 12:28:07 PST 2015

Actually article 27 of UHDR and article 15 of the Covenant on Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights say things that clearly contradict the
statement by Chris Zielinski. 27.1 affirms the right freely to
participate in the cultural life of the City (I believe that this
includes sharing works between individuals without aim of profit, but it
is a matter of interpretation of the statement in today's context). 27.2
affirms the right of every person to the protection of the moral and
material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic
production of which he is the author. This DOES NOT say how there
interests should be served, does not mention exclusive rights (which
were strongly rejected by some countries) and certainly does not place
the control of works in the hands of authors. It just say that societies
have a duty to protect these moral and material interests of authors, a
duty which the fulfill presently very poorly by focussing mainly on
copyright enforcement for the benefit of publishers and distributors.

Philippe Aigrain

> On Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 09:57:14PM +0000, Chris Zielinski wrote:
>> I’ve just posted a blog that might be of interest to members of the A2K and
>> IP-Health lists. The blog seeks to answer the question, “Is access to
>> information a human right?” by carrying out a short, non-specialist
>> analysis of Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is at
>> http://ziggytheblue.wordpress.com   – Wordpress runs a short free
>> registration step and sends you no subsequent spam.
>> Happy New Year to all!
> Happy New Year!
> "And it places the right to control the work firmly in the hands of the author."
> But the UDHR does not say that. Conflicting human rights require a balancing of rights. Peter Yu recommends just remuneration for conflicts taking place within the human rights system. See also an FFII note partly based on his work:
> http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1926102
> http://acta.ffii.org/?p=2017
> best,
> Ante
>> Chris
>> Chris Zielinski chris at chriszielinski.com
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