2008 WBU proposal for a WIPO Treaty for Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading Disabled Persons

The World Blind Union Proposal

  • On July 24-25 2008, the World Blind Union (WBU) and KEI
    convened an experts meeting to consider a possible WIPO Treaty for
    Improved Access for Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading
    Disabled Persons. A report of the meeting is available in 
    html, pdf , Microsoft .doc or open document odt formats.
  • The text of the WBU proposal for a treaty is available here in Arabic, English, French and
    Spanish. The English version is available in DAISY format from the
    DAISY Consortium website.
  • A good explaination of the proposal is found in the October 28,
    2008 letter from Christopher E.B.
    Friend, Chair, of the WBU Copyright and Right to Read Working
    Group, to WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.
  • A summary of discussions at WIPO on access for blind, visually
    impaired and other reading disabled persons, dating back to 2002,
    is available here

Background Documents

  • WIPO will be holding a Standing Committee on Copyright and
    Related Rights (SCCR) meeting December 14-18, 2009, where this
    topic will be discussed. A list of the country delegates to the
    previous SCCR meeting are available here.
    • The November 4, 2008
      presentations by Judith Sullivan at the WIPO SCCR 17,
    • in powerpoint and pdf.
  • The March 2008 Proposal by Brazil, Chile, Nicaragua and Uruguay
    for Work Related to Exceptions and Limitations, (SCCR/16/2)
  • The February 2007 Judith Sullivan’s excellent WIPO Study on Copyright
    Limitations and Exceptions for the Visually Impaired

  • The November 2005 Proposal by Chile on the Analysis of
    Exceptions and Limitations (SCCR/13/5)
  • The 2003 WBU submissions to WIPO are detailed here and
  • KEI will soon have a page on national copyright exceptions

Press coverage and blogs

Groups supporting the WBU proposal:

General studies and papers on copyright limitations and

  • P. Bernt Hugenholtz & Ruth L. Okediji),
    Conceiving an International Instrument on Limitations and
    Exceptions to Copyright
    , Study supported by the Open Society
    Institute (OSI), 6 March 2008.
  • Study on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and
    Archives, (SCCR/17/2), August 26, 2008.  P repared
    by Kenneth Crews, Director, Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia
  • WIPO Study on Limitations and Exceptions of Copyright and
    Related Rights in the Digital Environment, (SCCR/9/7),
    April 5, 2003.  Prepared by Mr. Sam Ricketson, Professor of
    Law, University of Melbourne and Barrister, Victoria,
  • Automated Rights Management Systems and Copyright Limitations
    and Exceptions, (SCCR/14/5), April 27,
    2006.  Prepared by Nic Garnett, Principal Consultant,
    Interight.com, for the World Intellectual Property Organization
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