Intellectual Property and Human Rights

March 4, 2006

Ronald A. Cass

Human rights embody the set of principles that properly apply to all people at all times. They are rights that are not bound by specific demographic, geographic, temporal, or technological circumstances. Although there may be debate about the particular definition of rights, human rights properly understood command respect not because they are universally embraced but because they should be—as the rights that allow individuals to flourish and societies to prosper, that support progress and liberty. These rights are in service to humanity, not to any temporary political agenda....

Intellectual Property and Human Rights