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International: Initiative launched on access to published material

Posted 26/10-10 at 23.50

It has been announced at the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meeting in New Delhi that an international programme had been agreed on making more reading material available for people with visual impairments.

It is called, TIGAR - the trusted intermediary global accessible resources project. It will allow publishers to make their titles easily available to trusted intermediaries. These intermediaries will create accessible formats and share them amongst each other and with specialized libraries.

WIPO is collaborating with organizations representing authors, publishers and people with visual impairments, including the World Blind Union and the International Publishers Association, to provide access to a wider range of accessible books.


Editorial comment: Although to be welcomed as a first step in making more printed material available for people with visual impairments, it appears to be a voluntary agreement and not the binding treaty demanded by many developing countries. In this respect it represents a victory for the US and Europe, who had opposed such a treaty. It remains to be seen to what extent this project will effectively meet people's access needs, especially those in the developing world.

Our Rights has carried stories about this long-running saga in this years editions for January, May, August and October.




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