KEI Closing statement
Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled
June 27, 2013
Diplomatic Conference in Marrakesh Morocco
Knowledge Ecology International is holding a side event in Marrakesh on Thursday, 27 June 2013 at 2:00 PM in Karam 4 at the Palais des congrès entitled, Views on the outcome of the Marrakech treaty for the blind.
Ellen ‘t Hoen (legal advisor, KEI)
Krista Cox (Staff Attorney, KEI)
Alan Adler (Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs, AAP)
Gopa Kumar (Legal advisor, TWN)
Jens Bammel (Secretary General of the International Publishers Association)
Jonathan Band (policybandwidth)
We are very happy with the agreement. There were a few areas where the treaty could have been better, but these are areas of minor quibbles. The first order issues all went in favor of blind persons. The treaty will provide a dramatic and massive improvement in access to reading materials for persons in common languages, such as English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Arabic, and it will provide the building blocks for global libraries to service blind persons. Continue Reading →
Knowledge Ecology International is holding a side event in Marrakesh on 24 June 2013 at 2:00 PM in Karam 4 at the Palais des congrès entitled, “Views of observers on the hot button issues contained in the Marrakesh Treaty Text”.
Krista Cox (Staff attorney, KEI)
Maryanne Diamond (President, World Blind Union)
Carlo Scollo Lavizzari (Attorney, International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers)
Pranesh Prakash (Policy Director, Center for Internet and Society)
In February 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reached a very difficult compromise of the broader copyright issues that were blocking progress on a treaty on copyright exceptions for blind persons. As part of that compromise, the negotiators agreed to this text:
Attached is an electronic copy of a FOIA received from USPTO, of email messages sent by MPAA lobbyists to the USPTO, about the WIPO negotiations on a treaty for copyright exceptions for persons with disabilities. (Copy here). (Now with OCR, courtesy of John Miller).