[A2k] SCCR 24: Authorized entity discussion

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Fri Jul 20 02:51:17 PDT 2012

Today the discussion on the definition of "authorized entity" has
started. It is one of the important and technical issues that could
make a treaty good or bad, useful or ineffective.

An "authorized entity" or AE is the institution that provides the
works in accessible format to the people with visual impairments who
are the beneficiaries of the future treaty. Depending on how broad or
narrow or inclusive v. restrictive the definition gets to be by the
end of the negotiation, access is conditioned.

Some of the questions this morning:

Should an AE be a governmental or non governmental agency?

Must the *primary mission* be to (only) serve the Visually Impaired?
That, for example, would be very limiting since school or libraries or
even non profit whose primary mission might be education, archiving or
others, might still want to provide accessible formats to a visually
impaired person.

Finally who decides the rules for the AE operations?

Here are some of the intervention during the debate:


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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