[A2k] Information note to SCCR delegates on the scope of disabilities in a new WIPO treaty

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Fri Nov 12 08:28:54 PST 2010


  Dear a2kers,

This note will be distributed to WIPO delegates attending the 21st  
session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights  
(SCCR 21).

Please let me know if your organization would like to sign on.

Thiru

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Information note to SCCR delegates on the scope of disabilities in a  
new WIPO treaty

12 November 2010

The delegates to the SCCR are considering various proposals to deal  
with expanded access to copyrighted works by persons who are blind or  
who have other disabilities.

The proposal sponsored by Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico and Paraguay would  
extend the benefits of the treaty, not only to persons who are blind  
or visually impaired, but also as follows:

"Contracting Parties shall extend the provisions of this Treaty to  
persons with any other disability who, due to that disability, need an  
accessible format of a type that could be made under Article 4 in  
order to access a copyright work to substantially the same degree as a  
person without a disability." (Article 15b)

Article 3(a)(7) of the Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico and Paraguay proposal  
ensures that: “Contracting Parties agree that the provisions of this  
Treaty are consistent with . . . the UN Convention on the Rights of  
Persons with Disabilities. . .”
Article 1 of the UNCRPD states:

"The purpose of the present Convention is to promote, protect and  
ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and  
fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to 	promote  
respect for their inherent dignity."

"Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical,  
mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with  
various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in  
society on an equal basis with others."

Ensuring consistency with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons  
with Disabilities should be important to the SCCR.

More background on this topic here:

http://keionline.org/blogs/2009/03/20/who-benefits


Bookshare
Centre for Internet and Society, India
Corporación Innovarte, Chile
Discapacitados Visuales IAP, Mexico
Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL)
Knowledge Ecology International
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
ONCB – Organização Nacional de Cegos do Brasil
Public Knowledge
Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue



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Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
thiru at keionline.org


Tel: +41 22 791 6727
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