In an open-letter timed to coincide with World Intellectual Property Day, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and its president Jean Michel Jarre have reiterated their call on the United Nations to support a “fairer creative eco-system” for creators.
In the message, Jarre, the legendary electronic music producer, returned to article 27(2) of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” which was adopted by the UN’s General Assembly in 1948, and states that, “Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.”
These words, notes the French composer, are “as valid now as they were 70 years ago. Culture is what brings people together and is the expression of the cultural diversity that is so cherished by the United Nations and UNESCO. Access to culture is paramount to the elevation of mankind. It goes hand in hand with freedom of speech and freedom to create.”