Right to Read for Persons with Reading Disabilities

New: web page for Marrakesh diplomatic conference

Some recent stuff

Petitions

  • NFB petition: The Petition Supporting WIPO Treaty for the Blind and Print Disabled https://nfb.org/civicrm/petition/sign?sid=2
  • ACB petition: Petition Supporting WIPO Treaty for the Blind and Print Disabled https://donate.acb.org/PetitionWIPO
  • White House petition: Side with the blind over obstructionist companies to secure a Treaty for the Blind that makes books accessible globally. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/side-blind-over-obstructionist-companies-secure-treaty-blind-makes-books-accessible-globally/ZJtgcVph
  • Avaaz Petition: Stand with the blind http://www.avaaz.org/en/treaty_for_the_blind/
  • Sumofus Petition: Disney: Don’t block the treaty for the blind. http://action.sumofus.org/a/disney_viacom_treaty/

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. /node/1629

November 2012. Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights: Twenty-Fourth Session – (SCCR/25). Blogs: /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
  • Timeline: Addressing Copyright Related Barriers to Overcoming Reading Disabilities
  • 2009 U.S. government consultation on WIPO Treaty for Reading Disabilities
  • 2008 WBU proposal for a WIPO Treaty for Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading Disabled Persons
  • 15 April European Union proposal: 3 to 5 year delay in negotiations on a copyright treaty for blind persons
  • 2008 WBU/KEI Experts Meeting Report on Reading Disabilities, including proposed treaty text
  • 2009 WBU/KEI pamphlet on WIPO treaty for disabilities
  • April 2011 report on negotiations for a WIPO copyright treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities
  • Audiovisual Materials in the Classroom and the WIPO treaty for copyright exceptions for persons with disabilities
  • Business Europe seeks to block WIPO treaty on copyright exceptions for persons who are blind or have other disabilities
  • Comments on inadequacy of voluntary measures to ensure equal access to copyrighted works for persons with reading disabilities
  • Comparison of the four proposals on disabilities at WIPO SCCR
  • Costs and Benefits of the US Proposal to WIPO SCCR on Copyright Exceptions for Disabilities
  • David Hammerstein tweets on the European Parliament hearing on the WIPO Treaty for Blind negotiations
  • European Union announces its mandate to negotiate a binding Treaty for the Blind
  • General Statement of Chile to the WIPO General Assembly 2012 (calling for WIPO to conclude a Treaty for VIPs)
  • How Much Time is Necessary to Negotiate the Text of a Multilateral Agreement on Intellectual Property?
  • How will WIPO provide a “speedy solution” to the problems faced by the reading disabled persons in accessing copyrighted works?
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) calls WIPO treaty for blind “dangerous precedent for other areas of IP Law”
  • KEI comments to UK Consultation on limitations and exceptions for persons with print disabilities under discussion at WIPO
  • KEI critical of Canada’s Bill C-32 provisions on export of accessible works for persons with disabilities
  • Least Developed Country (LDC) membership in WIPO and the Berne Convention
  • MEP Franciso Sosa Wagner poses question about support for WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities
  • Marrakesh negotiation (June 17-28, 2013)
  • May 13 Brownbag lunch on WIPO treaty for blind negotiations
  • Michel Barnier tells the European Blind Union the EU does not support a treaty for persons with disabilities
  • Notes from April 13, 2011 EBU/TACD/IFLA, EDA event at European Parliament on WIPO treaty for the blind
  • October 19 WIPO negotiations on copyright exceptions for disabilities
  • People who oppose robust copyright exceptions for blind people (the Private Sector)
  • Pictures from the WIPO SCCR negotiations on a treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities
  • Positive agenda on copyright, at the WIPO SCCR
  • Proposed Extraordinary WIPO General Assembly Decision Text: 9:20 PM-17 December 2012
  • Report from SCCR 22 discussions of WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities
  • SCCR 23
  • SCCR 24
  • SCCR 25
  • SCCR debates way forward on new text for possible treaty for copyright exceptions for persons with disabilities
  • Selected Articles and Blogs on Reading Disabilities
  • Selected Blogs on WIPO Treaty for Reading Disabilities
  • Selected Press Coverage on WIPO Treaty for Improved Access for Blind, Visually-Impaired and Other Reading Disabled Persons
  • Senators Harkin and Sanders send Letter to USPTO Supporting the Treaty on Copyright Exceptions for Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Six Myths about the treaty for people with disabilities that should be debunked next week?
  • Statement of KEI to the 2012 WIPO General Assembly: Agenda item 26: Report on the work of the SCCR
  • Stevie Wonder’s speech to the WIPO General Assembly on Disabilities
  • The 1982 WIPO and UNESCO Working Group on Exceptions for Access to Protected Works for Visually and Auditory Handicapped Person
  • The NFB/MPAA statement
  • The final conclusions for WIPO SCCR 21
  • Three-Step test in copyright negotiations
  • U.S. Fair Use and the Chafee Amendment: How Do They Overlap?
  • US opposes safeguards in WIPO treaty for the blind that are included in ACTA, and Beijing treaty
  • Video Interviews, statements, blogs, and news reports from the December 17-18, 2012 WIPO Extraordinary General Assembly
  • WBU suspends participation in WIPO & EU Stakeholder discussions, pending agreement at WIPO on legal framework
  • WIPO Extraordinary General Assembly: Morocco announces its candidacy to host a Diplomatic Conference on the Treaty for the Blind
  • WIPO SCCR meets on copyright exceptions for disabilities: 17 October 2012
  • Wanda Noel’s 1985 Report on Problems Experienced by the Handicapped in Obtaining Access to Protected Works
  • Slideshow: Text to speech in Kindle 2.
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