Article 15 ICESCR

That’s the second time in one week that I’m writing a blog post after posting and engaging in a discussion on Google+. Whatever the future of this particular social networking attempt by Google is, I have to admit that I like how it evolves so far. At least from a very egoistic point of view.

Compared to the “last post”, this one is going to be a short one. In the discussion about (software) patents, copyright and the creation of value, Dannie – who is the most qualified (professionally) person on this matter that I know personally – pointed me to this good read. Here is the crucial part of the document to the discussion:

1. The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone:

a: To take part in cultural life;

b: To enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications;

c: To benefit from the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

2. The steps to be taken by the States Parties to the present Covenant to achieve the full realization of this right shall include those necessary for the conservation, the development and the diffusion of science and culture.

3. The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to respect the freedom indispensable for scientific research and creative activity.

4. The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the benefits to be derived from the encouragement and development of international contacts and co-operation in the scientific and cultural fields.

Obviously this is written by lawyers, but those are the documents that are the foundation of how our system works and it is good to sometimes dive into this stuff. You know, just to show some interest in the real thing. I will try to do that more often.