[A2k] New interviews regarding the treaty for the visually impaired at WIPO

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Thu Jul 19 11:25:19 PDT 2012

Melanie Brunson works for the American Council of the Blind (ABC), and
was interviewed on July 19, 2012, during World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO) negotiations on a new treaty on copyright
exceptions for persons who are blind or have other disabilities.  She
makes a strong case why it has to be a treaty and not a soft optional
recommendation and how it will benefit all including US-based visually
impaired people who now have limited access to foreign works.

José Ramón LÓPEZ DE LEÓN of the Mexico delegation at WIPO SCCR 24,
interviewed July 19, 2012, on the negotiations for a new WIPO treaty
for copyright exceptions for persons who are blind or have other
reading disabilities.  A strong supporter of a treaty for the past 3
years, he obviously understands deeply how this committee meeting is

On July 19, 2012, Barbara Martin Muñoz of ONCE talks about the WIPO
negotiations on a treaty for persons who are blind or have other
disabilities and how it would change the life of many.   She is hoping
for a treaty soon.

Interview with Thomas Ongolo, who works in South Africa for the
African Decade for Persons with Disabilities. July 19, 2012, at the
WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, during
negotiations on a WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other

For the interviews of a representative of the publishers, the delegate
from Switzerland, a TACD representative, an advocate from India, World
Blind Union representative and president and a librarian from Canada
go to:

So far the US delegation has declined to be interviewed.

Manon Anne Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
1621 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009 USA
manon.ress at keionline.org

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