Copyright and the freedom of speech
23 May 2023
11:05 – 12:30
The copyright system secures an economic cycle of rights and remuneration, enabling authors, composers, and visual artists to create works for the benefit of the public. This cycle is a fundamental premise for the creative economy, one of the largest in the world. How can copyright legislation and modern effective management of rights serve as a key factor in securing a free and flourishing discourse?
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares the exclusive right to retain control of one’s own literary, scientific or artistic work as a universal human right, together with freedom of speech. From time to time, we hear arguments about copyright being a threat to the freedom of speech. But what is the normal activity of authors and creators, if not the practice of free speech?
Is there a contradiction between everyone’s right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits; and the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary, or artistic production?
Yngve Slettholm – CEO at Kopinor, The Norwegian Reproduction Rights Organisation and former President of IFRRO, The international Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations
CEO at Kopinor, The Norwegian Reproduction Rights Organisation and former President of IFRRO, The international Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations