Saturday, December 19, 2009

WIPO Treaty for the Blind Gains Momentum,Due to US Support

The World Intellectual Property Organization is meeting this week with considerable momentum toward work on a Treaty for the Blind that would establish important copyright limitations and exceptions to ensure broader access for the sight disabled. The main aim of the treaty in question is to facilitate the cross-border sharing of special format materials made for persons with print disabilities regardless of whether these formats are made under the national law or under licensing agreements. Now the U.S. had emerged as a leader with surprising in approach. U.S. support for the treaty will dramatically increase the amount of special format material accessible to the people of the world. This is a 'surprising' turn of events because earlier this year it was reported that the U.S. was planning to block the Treaty. India was engaged in a 'thoughtful deliberation' over a statutory exception for the print disabled in its own national laws. This is a clear recognition of the efforts put in by the good people heading the 'Right to Read' 'Book Bole' Inclusive Planet Centre for Internet and Society


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