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Vol.14 Issue 2 (2018)

The Right-to-Education Responsibilities of Book Publishing Companies

Emmanuel Kolawole Oke

The responsibilities of copyright owners, specifically book publishers, should be construed from a human rights perspective. Building on the work of John Ruggie and his ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights,’ this paper contends that book publishers have a responsibility to respect human rights including the right to education. As it relates to copyright law, respecting the right to education entails respecting the measures that countries have incorporated into their national copyright laws to facilitate access to learning materials. Furthermore, corporate actors that own copyright in learning materials should not use litigation or the threat of litigation to try to prevent teachers and students from relying on limitations and exceptions to copyright to gain access to learning materials.


Lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law, Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh.

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