[A2k] KEI Statement (for press) on adoption of Marrakesh Treaty for persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired or have other print disabilities
james.love at keionline.org
Thu Jun 27 05:41:08 PDT 2013
KEI Statement (for press) on adoption of Marrakesh Treaty for persons
who are Blind, Visually Impaired or have other print disabilities
Thursday, June 27, 2013, noon Marrakesh time.
Statement by James Love, Director, Knowledge Ecology International
(KEI), Morocco cell: +212.639.61.6030, james.love at keionline.org 
"Today delegates elevated the status of and opportunities for persons
who are blind or have other disabilities. This is the first treaty
administered by WIPO that focuses on user rights, and the first treaty
at WIPO that focuses on the human right 'to participate in the
cultural life of the community.' It will vastly expand access to
works, particularly among persons who share a common language, such as
English, Spanish, Arabic and French. In the end, negotiators delivered
a very good text that addressed the most important barriers to access.
The treaty is complex in some areas, but the obligations on those
providing works to blind persons are not onerous, and all groups
working on expanded access are very happy.
It difficult to comprehend why this treaty generated so much
opposition from publishers and patent holders, and why it took five
years to achieve this result. As we celebrate and savor this moment,
we should thank all of those who resisted the constant calls to lower
expectations accept an outcome far less important than what was
Our earlier statement on the adoption of the text is here:
James Love. Knowledge Ecology International
http://www.keionline.org, +1.202.332.2670, US Mobile: +1.202.361.3040,
Geneva Mobile: +41.76.413.6584, efax: +1.888.245.3140.
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