Musician and CISAC president Jean-Michel Jarre chose to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with an open letter to the United Nations comparing creators’ rights to freedom of speech. “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,” wrote Jarre. 

“But for this to happen, creators need to be granted fair remuneration for the use of their creative works… 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.” CISAC wants the UN to endorse its pledge.

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