WIPO Treaty becomes a reality to allow books produced in formats accessible by blind persons

27 June 2013

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?

Currently 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 impairments.

Read more on the website of the World Blind Union


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