Right to Read for Persons with Reading Disabilities

New: web page for Marrakesh diplomatic conference

Some recent stuff

Petitions

Videos from negotiations

For the earlier context on the current negotiations on a WIPO treaty for copyright exceptions for persons who are blind or have other disabilities, first read:
April 2011 report on negotiations for a WIPO copyright treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities

See also: Pictures from WIPO SCCR negotiations on disabilities.

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Chris Friend. November 4, 2008 SCCR 17 side event
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Jace Nair, SANCB, June 17, 2011, at SCCR 22

KEI's work on reading disabilities involves two separate projects. On a global level, KEI is working with the World Blind Union and others to advocate for a WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other reading disabilities.

On a national level, KEI is a member of the United States Reading Rights Coalition, which is concerned about efforts to disable text-to-speech functions in ebook readers, KEI also provides technical assistance to governments and civil society on reading disabilities projects, including the analysis and amendment of national copyright laws.

Update on the WIPO Treaty negotiations

December 17-18, 2012. WIPO Extraordinary General Assembly. Video Interviews, statements and blogs from the December 17-18, 2012 WIPO Extraordinary General Assembly. http://keionline.org/node/1629

November 2012. Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights: Twenty-Fourth Session - (SCCR/25). Blogs: http://keionline.org/node/1607

July 16 to 25, 2012 Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights: Twenty-Fourth Session - (SCCR/24). Video interviews and Blogs at SCCR24.

November 21 to December 2, 2011. Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights : Twenty-Third Session took place (Geneva, Switzerland). The Working Document on an International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions For Visually Impaired Persons/Persons with Print Disabilities SCCR/23/7 is available here. KEI Blogs are at SCCR23.

June 2011. SCCR 22. During that meeting a joint "Proposal on an international instrument on limitations and exceptions for persons with print disabilities" was tabled by Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the European Union and its Member States, Mexico, Norway, Paraguay, the Russian Federation, the United States of America and Uruguay. A copy of that proposal is available here, as SCCR/22/15 REV.1. Commentary from June 2011: The joint proposal was a major breakthrough, because it was proposed jointly by both developed and developing countries, and contained very few differences. There is, however, no agreement on whether this will a treaty or a soft recommendation. The SCCR will meet in November, and could then agree that it has a text that could be the basis of a treaty, or a soft recommendation. The publishers want this to be a soft recommendation. The WBU, KEI and others want it to be a treaty. The conclusions of SCCR 22 can be found here as: Conclusions

Some older news reports

Reports from the June 2011 SCCR 22 meeting

Reports of the EU Parliament support

Parliamentary questions and letters

Misc


Earlier, relevant documents included four separate proposals.
  1. http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/doc_details.jsp?doc_id=122732
    Proposal by Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay, Relating to Limitations and Exceptions: Treaty Proposed by the World Blind Union (WBU)
    Document Code SCCR/18/5
    Publication Date May 25, 2009

    Which was elaborated in:
    http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/doc_details.jsp?doc_id=130505
    Background Paper by Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay on a WIPO Treaty for Improved Access for Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading Disabled Persons
    Document Code SCCR/19/13
    Publication Date Dec 11, 2009

  2. http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/doc_details.jsp?doc_id=134392
    Proposal by the African Group: Draft WIPO Treaty on Exceptions and Limitations for the Disabled, Educational and Research Institutions, Libraries
    Document Code SCCR/20/11
    Publication Date Jun 15, 2010
  3. http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/doc_details.jsp?doc_id=133815
    Proposed by the Delegation of the United States of America: Draft Consensus Instrument
    Document Code SCCR/20/10
    Publication Date Jun 4, 2010
  4. http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/doc_details.jsp?doc_id=134412
    Proposal by the Delegation of the European Union: Draft Joint Recommendation Concerning the Improved Access to Works Protected by Copyright for Persons with a Print Disability
    Document Code SCCR/20/12
    Meeting Code SCCR/20
    Publication Date Jun 17, 2010

EU Press release

Seems like something you should post and comment on:
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/10/1120&forma...

Copyright: Commissioner Barnier welcomes agreement on greater access to books for the visually impaired

Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services, presided today over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on access to works for dyslexic or visually impaired readers The signing of this Memorandum marks an important and concrete step to increase the number of books that visually impaired persons can enjoy for study or leisure. The agreement outlines a system whereby works in accessible formats, such as Braille and audio books, can be much more easily distributed across the EU Member States. It is hoped that noticeable increases in cross-border distribution will be possible within a year. The Memorandum of Understanding is an important step in realising one of the objectives of the Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200), namely enabling people with disabilities to gain full access to the benefits of the digital society.