Re: Oh yes!
They can't write, but they can amend and veto/kill legislation.
Remember ACTA? The Parliament is way too weak no doubt, but certainly more than a figleaf.
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Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 27, Paragraph 1
"Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits."
As the UN's special rapporteur in the field of cultural rights recently told the EP's Legal Affairs Committee:
"Cultural participation and the protection of authorship are both human rights principles designed to work in tandem. Striking an appropriate balance between the two goals is thus essential, even if challenging. The right to science and culture needs to be respected in the copyright framework. ... Exceptions and limitations constitute a vital part of the balance that we must strike between the interests of rights-holders in exclusive control and the interests of others in cultural participation."
What are expressly not human rights are IP rights, distribution rights etc. held by anyone else than the creators of works.
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As opposed to shooting someone, who exactly is harmed by digitally copying something that is not even offered to them commercially? Every copy is already not a lost sale – and when the things copied aren't even for sale, it gets really hard to argue someone is harmed by that action, and that repressive measures need to be taken to prevent it.
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