Copyright exception sought to end "book famine" among people with print disabilities.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Copyright law (Interpretation and construction)
Copyright law (International aspects)
Blind (Printing and writing systems)
Blind (Laws, regulations and rules)
Blind (Access control)
Pub Date: 08/01/2011
Publication: Name: Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness Publisher: American Foundation for the Blind Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 American Foundation for the Blind ISSN: 0145-482X
Issue: Date: August, 2011 Source Volume: 105 Source Issue: 8
Topic: Event Code: 930 Government regulation; 940 Government regulation (cont); 980 Legal issues & crime Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Computer Subject: Government regulation
Accession Number: 265870246
Full Text: The copyright committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (SCCR) recently made progress toward a law to improve access to books for people who are blind or print disabled. At the Geneva meeting, countries including Argentina, Brazil, the European Union, and the United States, supported a draft document that could form the basis of a treaty that would give exceptions to copyright so that print-disabled people can make and share accessible books. Maryanne Diamond, president of the World Blind Union, observed, "I am delighted.... A new law would help us end the 'book famine' in which only 5% of books are made available in accessible formats.... I urge government members of the Committee to finalise their work on this treaty by the end of this year.... " At the next SCCR meeting, which will take place in November 2011, the draft text is expected to be finalized, and the committee will then decide how and when it will become law. For more information, contact: Chris Friend, chair, Global Right to Read Campaign, World Blind Union; e-mail: ; web site: .
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