Right to Read for Persons with Reading Disabilities

The original proposal for the Marrakesh treaty, including the 2008 report of the drafters, is here. web page for Marrakesh diplomatic conference 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… Continue Reading

2nd Marrakesh Treaty Assembly (2017) – Statement of Knowledge Ecology International

On Friday, 6 October 2017, Knowledge Ecology International delivered the following statement at the 2nd session of the Marrakesh Treaty Assembly in Geneva.

Statement of Knowledge Ecology International – Marrakesh Treaty Assembly

Agenda item 27 – Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (MVT)

6 October 2017

Thank you Chair,

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SCCR 33 WBU Statement on the progress of the Marrakesh Treaty

Chris Friend for the WBU delivered the following statment:

>> WORLD BLIND UNION: Thank you, Mr. Chair, and it gives me great pleasure, recognizing the central role that you had in concluding the negotiations at the diplomatic conference in June 2013. It’s a great pleasure for me to congratulate you for your continued Chairing of this important Standing Committee.

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WIPO Marrakesh Treaty for the blind to come into force September 30, 2016, following ratification by Canada

On June 30, 2016, the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled received its 20th ratification, from Canada, and this will bring the Treaty into force September 30, 2016. The WIPO announcement was here. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry made a statement about the Marrakesh Treaty’s imminent entry into force in the video below:

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FOIA regarding General Electric’s lobbying of USTR to oppose WIPO Treaty for the Blind.

We just received a reply from a September 17, 2013 FOIA request KEI filed with USTR, asking for correspondence involving General Electric’s efforts to block the WIPO Treaty for the Blind. USTR provided 24 pages of documents, available here:

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Sony referred to “WIPO treaty for blind as “stalking horse” to “denigrate the rights of copyright owners”

In the new Wikileaks archives of leaked Sony documents (Link here), there is a memo (https://wikileaks.org/sony/docs/05/docs/DECE/DECE%20CP1%20-%20ss.doc.pdf), which describes Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) concern over the proposed WIPO treaty for copyright exceptions for persons who are blind or have other disabilities. The memo, undated in the Wikileaks archives, but probably written in 2009, included the following passages:

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GE’s Thaddeus Burns wrote to US Ambassador Betty King requesting US postpone Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference

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Thaddeus Burns of GE spent months trying to derail the WIPO treaty for the blind negotiations