April 27, 2015 at 12:40 pm #2507
Creators call upon the United Nations for a fairer creative eco-system
Paris, France – 27 April 2015. On the occasion of the World Intellectual Property Day, Jean-Michel Jarre, President of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, issued the following statement on behalf of the four million creators represented by CISAC members.
“The article 27(2) of the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights,’ adopted by the United Nations’ General Assembly in 1948, 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 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.
“Equally important in our eyes are the rights of creators. Without these moral and economic rights, creators would be deprived of ways to sustain a living and continue to create freely, and would also lose control over the use of their works.
“But for this to happen, creators need to be granted fair remuneration for the use of their creative works. In the music sector, we have launched the Fair Trade Music project to address this issue. In the visual arts sector, we are asking for an international Treaty on the artist’s resale right under the aegis of WIPO.
“Sustainable creative eco-systems depend on the recognition that creative works bring value to so many businesses that would not exist without them. In return, what we, creators, are asking is simple: to be fairly compensated for the use of our works and to be protected for our rights. We are calling upon all the countries represented at the United Nations to endorse our pledge, and work with creators all around the world to ensure a better future for authors.”
CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – is the world’s leading network of authors’ societies (also referred to as Collective Management Organisations, or CMOs).
With 230 member societies in 120 countries, CISAC represents four million creators from all geographic areas and all artistic repertoires; music, audiovisual, drama, literature and visual arts. CI SAC is presided over by electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre and our four vice-presidents are: Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow, Indian poet, scriptwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar and Argentinean film director Marcelo Piñeyro.
CISAC works to protect the rights and promote the interests of creators worldwide. We enable collective management organisations to seamlessly represent creators across the globe and ensure that royalties flow to authors for the use of their works anywhere in the world. To this end, CISAC provides the highest business, legal, and IT standards to protect creators’ rights and to support the development of the international network of collective management organisations.
Founded in 1926, CISAC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in France and regional offices in Africa (Burkina Faso), South America (Chile), Asia-Pacific (China) and Europe (Hungary).
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For more information, please contact:
Cécile ROY – Director of Communications
cecile.roy @ cisac.org | +33 1 55 62 08 50