Copyright protection is not per se a human right, but it is a tool which protects the human rights of authors and publishers. Copyright impacts on freedom of expression, both of the author and of members of the public who wish to distribute the author’s works as part of their own freedom of expression. This does not just mean the freedom to express a certain opinion, but also to chose the appropriate medium to do so, or even to remain silent.
"Copyright has been the bedrock of huge expansion of the creative industries which have taken advantage of technology, new platforms and devices, delivering wider choice to consumers of digital music, newspapers, film, TV and books than ever imaginable even ten years ago."
The IPA appointed José Borghino as new Secretary General. Mr Borghino’s responsibilities will include supporting IPA members, nationally and in international forums, whenever copyright or the freedom to publish are threatened. He will advise IPA members on national policy issues. And he will manage relationships with key international organisations, such as WIPO, UNESCO, WTO and OECD, as well as leading NGOs such as IFLA, PEN, IAF, STM, IPACC, IFRRO and other international rightsholder organisations.