My speech at CREATe Festival 2016 London

Julia speaking at CREATe Festival 2016 London (Foto by @LionelBently)

This is the transcript of my speech at CREATe Festival 2016 in London, UK on June 24th, 2016, the day after the EU referendum.

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»Intellectual property rights are not human rights«, UN special rapporteur tells European Parliament

© UNESCO / Isabel de Paula

This is the speech Farida Shaheed, UN special rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, held in front of the EP Legal Affairs Committee on May 6. (Headlines and formatting added for readability.)

Ladies and gentlemen, (and others!)

I am very pleased and honoured to take the […]

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European culture is not confined to national borders – let’s not use copyright to force it to be

I gave this speech in front of members of the French Sénat in Paris on April 2nd. Thank you to Senator Morin-Desailly for the invitation!

Mesdames et Messieurs les Senateurs et Senatrices,

I am the European Parliament’s rapporteur for the evaluation of the 2001 directive on the harmonisation of certain […]

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Not this again! Europe mustn’t backtrack on its support of encryption and rejection of surveillance

Today we know: After the tragic events of September 11th 2001, the U.S. put into place – in the name of security – a set of secret policies that sacrificed the very values they were supposedly defending. These measures, ranging from global mass surveillance all the way to the torture of prisoners, were enforced with the avid support […]

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