[LINK] USA, Canada and the EU attempt to kill treaty to protect blind people's access to written material
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Fri May 29 20:48:11 AEST 2009
> USA, Canada and the EU attempt to kill treaty to protect blind
> people's access to written material
> Posted by Cory Doctorow, May 29, 2009 1:52 AM
> Right now, in Geneva, at the UN's World Intellectual Property
> Organization, history is being made. For the first time in WIPO
> history, the body that creates the world's copyright treaties is
> attempting to write a copyright treaty dedicated to protecting the
> interests of copyright users, not just copyright owners.
> At issue is a treaty to protect the rights of blind people and
> people with other disabilities that affect reading (people with
> dyslexia, people who are paralyzed or lack arms or hands for turning
> pages). This should be a slam dunk: who wouldn't want a harmonized
> system of copyright exceptions that ensure that it's possible for
> disabled people to get access to the written word?
> The USA, that's who. The Obama administration's negotiators have
> joined with a rogue's gallery of rich country trade representatives
> to oppose protection for blind people. Other nations and regions
> opposing the rights of blind people include Canada and the EU.
> Update: Also opposing rights for disabled people: Australia, New
> Zealand, the Vatican and Norway.
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