The International Publishers Association (IPA) has published a special report on Copyright and Human Rights, giving the legal background and providing insights from creators.
Introducing the report, IPA General Secretary, Jens Bammel explains that Copyright protection is not per se a human right, but is a tool which protects the human rights of authors and publishers. Copyright impacts on freedom of expression, both of the author and of members of the public who wish to distribute the author’s works as part of their own freedom of expression. This does not just mean the freedom to express a certain opinion, but also to chose the appropriate medium to do so, or even to remain silent.
The report can be accessed (in pdf) here.