WIPO TREATY BECOMES A REALITY TO ALLOW BOOKS PORDUCED IN FORMATS ACCESSIBLE BY BLIND PERSONS
On 27 June
2013, the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) concluded a Treaty
on copyright for the visual impaired and print disable. This was the first
intellectual property treaty benefitting the public interest rather than the
interest of rights holders and closed nearly five years of hard negotiation by
the World Blind Union and other NGOs. Currently, copyright law is a national
jurisdiction which has the effect of preventing blind organizations form
sharing books with neighbouring countries, thus causing considerable
unnecessary duplication of production of books in accessible formats.
> What does this mean for the visually
impaired and other print disable people?
only 5% of all published books in the developed countries and less than 1% in
the developing countries are ever produced in the accessible formats, such us, braille,
large print and audio to be accessible by blind people and people with visual
more on the website of the World Blind Union