SCCR 20

WIPO SCCR 20 session took place from June 21, 2010 to June 24, 2010 in Geneva. The WIPO web page for the meeting is here.

In preparation for the WIPO SCCR 20, on May 2010 WIPO organized an Open Ended Consultation on the treaty for the blind. A summary is available here.

On June 4, 2010, the delegations of Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico and Paraguay proposed a "Timetable for the Adoption of a WIPO Treaty for an Improved Access for Blind, Visually-Impaired and Other Reading Disabled Persons". the timetable is available here.

Three new proposals were presented for discussion:

On May 27, 2010, the US government presented a proposal for a "Consensus Instrument" for persons with disabilities related to reading printed publications. The proposal is available here or here. A KEI analysis of the US proposal is available here "Costs and Benefits of the US Proposal to WIPO SCCR on Copyright Exceptions for Disabilities".

On June 15, 2010, the African group presented a proposal for a "Draft WIPO Treaty on Exceptions and Limitations for the Disabled, Educational and Research Institutions, Libraries and Archive Centers". The proposal is available here.

On June 17, 2010, the European Union presented a proposal for a "Draft Joint Recommendation concerning the improved access to works protected by copyright for persons with a print disability". The proposal is available here.

During the WIPO SCCR 20, KEI and the WBU prepared a comparison of the four proposals in discussion. The comparision is available here.