[LINK] USA, Canada and the EU attempt to kill treaty to protect blind people's access to written material

Rick Welykochy rick at praxis.com.au
Fri May 29 21:47:23 EST 2009


Kim Holburn wrote:

> http://www.boingboing.net/2009/05/29/usa-canada-and-the-e.html
> 
>> 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

[SNIP]

>> 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.


Welcome to the Corporatocracy.  Democracy is so last century.


cheers
rickw




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