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KEI Statement on WIPO decision to hold June 2013 diplomatic conference for treaty on copyright exceptions for disabilities

Geneva, Tuesday, 18 December.2012

At the end of the two day WIPO Extraordinary General Assembly, Member States today agreed "to negotiate and adopt a treaty on limitations and exceptions for visually impaired persons/persons with print disabilities."

WBU, WIPO issue press releases on WIPO decision to hold diplomatic conference for WIPO treaty for blind people

Here is a link to the WIPO press release: WIPO Advances Toward Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Persons with Print Disabilities, Morocco Offers to Host Diplomatic Conference Geneva, December 18, 2012,PR/2012/727

Here is the WBU press release:

WORLD BLIND UNION (WBU) press release 18 December 2012

Press Release – WIPO Negotiations Treaty for Blind people

WIPO member states call for treaty for blind people to be finished in 2013

Draft WIPO EGA decision, around 430pm

USA statement at WIPO Extraordinary General Assembly, wants later "final review" of negotiating text, treaty status uncertain

Right before noon at the December 17, 2012 Extraordinary General Assembly, the US read the statement below. Here are a couple of quick comments.

1. The US Statement supports a diplomatic conference, but aligns itself with the EU, calling for a later "final review" of "many outstanding issues," so only a tentative decision would be made now, and if the EU or USA is not satisfied with concessions from developing countries, they want to be able to revoke the approval for the meeting.

Google's Chrome OS

20121212_091116_500x375.jpgYesterday I received a Samsung laptop computer running Google's Chrome OS. This is the new $249 Chromebook with an SSD drive, 2 gigs of RAM, an 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 pixels screen, and the 1.7 GHz Exynos 5200 processor. The laptop weights 2.4 pounds and has a nice usable keyboard and a well implemented trackpad. There is also the option of a model with 2 years of 3G (limited) data from Verizon, for just $329.

KEI statement on the J&J darunavir announcement

In a press release, Johnson and Johnson "announced their intention not to enforce the patents they own and control on the antiretroviral (ARV) drug darunavir provided the darunavir product is medically acceptable and is used only in resource-limited settings," which J&J defines as the 48 UN defined Least Developed Countries plus any other country in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the KEI statement on the J&J darunavir announcement.

WHO negotiators propose putting off R&D treaty discussions until 2016

Around 2 am the open ended consultations on the CEWG recommendations finished their work on a report and proposed resolution, which is attached below. [See also interviews during the negotiations here: http://www.youtube.com/user/KEIWashDC/videos.]

David Kappos' war on poor people, and his indifference to broader public interest reforms

Apparently David Kappos will be leaving the USPTO sometime early next year. Today there is much commentary from patent community giving him high marks, and I'm willing to believe there are high marks to give. But he also had some big shortcomings. Here are a few:

SCCR 25 final conclusions

Just before 8 p.m. on Friday evening, the 25th session of the WIPO's main committee for copyright policy, the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), completed its work and adjourned.

Canada endorses treaty for copyright exceptions for print disabilities at WIPO SCCR 25

sccr25, canadaSome have written to ask what the Canada position is on the proposed WIPO treaty on copyright exceptions for persons who are blind or have other disabilities. For the first 3.5 days of the meeting, Canada did not say anything.

SCCR concludes work on treaty for blind text, dates for more negotiations, GA likely to schedule diplomatic conference in 2013

sccr_IMG_1587.JPGThe SCCR has seems to have finished its work on the text for a possible treaty on copyright exceptions for persons who are blind or have other disabilities, and earlier than expected. The new text distributed to delegates is 25 pages long (attached below), and includes several articles with no brackets. There are many differences to be resolved. The question is, will WIPO proceed with a diplomatic conference in 2013?

November 22 evening version of text, WIPO treaty for blind

Update: (revised version here)

Yesterday they finished work on the definition of a work. Audiovisual works and related rights are out, ebooks and audio books are in.


For the purposes of these provisions


November 21 version of WIPO treaty for the blind negotiating text


We are interested in hearing from people on any part of the text (mailto:james.love@keionline.org).

Note that on page 9 that the brackets have been removed on the definition of "authorized entity."

Distance education for blind people opposed by a White House responsive to MPAA

hvrtwr_kbd_225x150_q60.jpgDuring the WIPO negotiations on disabilities, the White House has told U.S. Blind groups it will kill a WIPO treaty on copyright exceptions for persons who are blind or have other disabilities if the treaty covers audiovisual works, including those used in education, including distance teaching programs.

Talking points for KEI statement at SCCR 25, November 21, 2012

I just read from these talking points at WIPO SCCR 25, where the topic under discuss is a proposed treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities. (See http://keionline.org/r2r).

1. KEI is disappointed that deaf people are left out.

2. KEI is disappointed that there is a proposal to eliminate the article on contracts. We agree with the Library Copyright Alliance that contracts are now being used to undermine exceptions. The treaty should have provisions to make it clear that governments may override exception killing contracts.

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