Wednesday, December 16, 2009

International consensus is required on basic, necessary limitations and exceptions in copyright law for persons with print disabilities.

The United States believes that the time has come for WIPO Members to work toward some form of international consensus on basic, necessary limitations and exceptions in copyright law for persons with print disabilities. The U.S. delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization has just delivered a noteworthy statement on its commitment to addressing copyright exceptions for persons with print disabilities.  The statement includes: This international consensus could take multiple forms, including a model law endorsed by the SCCR,. The United States is open to discussing and exploring all these options so a detailed Joint Recommendation to be adopted by the WIPO General Assemblies, and/or a multilateral treaty

The United States looks committed to both better exceptions in copyright law and better enforcement of copyright law. Not only has the U.S. called for an international consensus, it has rejected claims that addressing exceptions would weaken copyright law.Indeed, as USA will work with countries to establish consensus on proper, basic exceptions within copyright law, countries may be asked to work with USA to improve the enforcement of copyright. This is part and parcel of a balanced international system of intellectual property.It can be recognized that some in the international copyright community believe that any international consensus on substantive limitations and exceptions to copyright law would weaken international copyright law. But the United States did not agree to this  point of view. 


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Dr.Tabrez Ahmad,
Associate Professor of Law,
KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, India,
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