[A2k] Quick Update on WIPO SCCR 24 Meeting on The treaty for People with Disabilities

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Fri Jul 20 05:33:13 PDT 2012


http://keionline.org/node/1469

Today is day 5 of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related
Rights which for over 2 years has been discussing the first ever
treaty that would involved a limitation to copyright, in these case to
benefit blind people as well as people with other disabilities. It is
day 2 of plenary discussions regarding the treaty for people with
disabilities.

After a quick call for transparency by Zimbabwe "Mr. Chair
transparency is key to everything. Everyone has the right to know who
proposed what" , the committee has adjourned for now. The plan is to
have informal (forget transparency?) from 3 to 5pm. The Plenary will
resume then and the delegates will continue to work on "authorized
entities" definition, translation and other issues until late (9pm?).
There are plans to work on saturday afternoon and possibly on Sunday
too. There are no time for NGOS to make statements.

So far very few surprises:

The EU (and the US) are trying to have narrow definitions of what is a
"work" yesterday and what really constitutes an authorized entity
today.

The EU is trying to add a 3 step test article (everywhere?)

But, it looks as if many delegations are pushing back and want an
effective treaty for people with disabilities...now.

India, Nigeria, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, Egypt are
impressive. We know now that China is also supportive of the treaty,
as well as the Swiss government (see:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsPQg1VqwTA&feature=plcp) and
Australia. Canada is not "engaged" (see:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5KTFVYrlEo&feature=plcp)

There is apparently a (secret) document that was produced in May
during informal negotiations. Many delegates do not seem to have had
it in their hands and thus the text being discussed is Working
document on an international instrument on limitations and exceptions
for VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS/persons with print disabilities
SCCR/23/7 DATE: December 16, 2011
available here http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/details.jsp?meeting_id=22210

So far there have been discussions on the
Preamble
ARTICLE A DEFINITIONS
"work"
"authorized entity"
Article E bis (the 3 step test proposed by the EU)

Coming up are:
ARTICLE C NATIONAL LAW EXCEPTIONS ON ACCESSIBLE FORMAT COPIES
ARTICLE D CROSS-BORDER EXCHANGE OF ACCESSIBLE FORMAT COPIES
ARTICLE E IMPORTATION OF ACCESSIBLE FORMAT COPIES
ARTICLE F OBLIGATIONS CONCERNING TECHNOLOGICAL MEASURES
ARTICLE G RELATIONSHIP WITH CONTRACTS
ARTICLE H RESPECT FOR PRIVACY
Article I on the interpretation of the 3 step test

The discussions regarding these articles is of course highly dependant
on what emerged regarding the definition and scope of the treaty.

The transcript is at http://www.streamtext.net/player?Event=WIPO
The interviews conducted by KEI: http://www.youtube.com/user/KEIWashDC
Twitter: #sccr24


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Manon Anne Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
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Washington, DC 20009 USA
http://www.keionline.org
manon.ress at keionline.org




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