[LINK] USA, Canada and the EU attempt to kill treaty to protect blind people's access to written material
rick at praxis.com.au
Fri May 29 21:47:23 EST 2009
Kim Holburn wrote:
>> 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
>> 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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