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International: Talks collapse on copyright treaty for access to books for visually impaired people

Posted 09/7-10 at 11.50

Over the last few months there were strong hopes that a treaty would finally be agreed that would allow easier access to printed matter for visually impaired people. (See reports in January and May issues of Our Rights). These hopes have now been dashed.

At the end of June, 2010, participants at a meeting of the copyright committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), failed to agree on a compromise draft.

Although the issues are complex, essentially the EU and USA pushed for no-binding arrangements, instead of a formal treaty. Their proposals were also more restrictive as to how the system would operate. On the other hand, African and Latin American countries wanted treaties that would allow easier and more inclusive access to written material. This contentious question will be considered once again at the copyright committee's next meeting in November.



Comment added 13/7-10 at 11.49 by: Eleanor (news@daa.org.uk)

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Comment added 09/7-10 at 16.35 by: Glee (gleecrip@gmail.com)

Stupid to have an article on a Disability Rights site about the hopes for vision impaired people being dashed and then having a comment part where you have to be able to see the characters below here and type them in before you can submit your comment. DER DER DER

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