Reading Disabilities

Previous draft treaty texts


SCCR 18, May 25 to May 29, 2009.
At this meeting, Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay introduced formally the proposal that the World Blind Union had drafted in 2008.

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


Marrakesh negotiation (June 17-28, 2013)

The WIPO web page on the Marrakesh diplomatic conference. (Link here).
The current negotiating text is: VIP/DC/3 REV.
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Briefing Materials

People who oppose robust copyright exceptions for blind people (the Private Sector)

About the list.

This is a work in progress. KEI has been engaged in the negotiations for a WIPO treaty on copyright exceptions for persons with disabilities since 2008. We have attended each negotiation that has been open to accredited NGOs, and participated in countless briefing and meetings with negotiators and key players in the negotiation.

Report from SCCR 22 discussions of WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities

Members of the WBU delegation at WIPO SCCR 22

June 16, 10 am: There are good news and less good news to report from Geneva. While overall, things have moved in positive directions, with the US and the EU engaged in very constructive negotiations with Brazil and other treaty sponsors, there are still many frustrations.

15 April European Union proposal: 3 to 5 year delay in negotiations on a copyright treaty for blind persons

Attached is a PDF of the proposal by the European Union that was presented at the April 15, 2011 informals in Geneva, held at the US Embassy. The European Union now proposes that WIPO adopt a soft non-binding recommendation on cross border sharing of accessible works, and then monitor progress on the issue for 3 to 5 years.

US provides misleading answer to WIPO questionnaire on export of accessible works under US law

Although domestic law in the US provides for certain exceptions and limitations from infringement of copyright for the production of accessible works for the visually impaired, as well as importation and exportation of these materials, the law is ambiguous and insufficient in allowing non-profit entities or government agencies to export these works.

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