[A2k] For journalists wishing to cover the Diplomatic Conference on Treaty for visually impaired persons

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Tue Mar 12 09:22:55 PDT 2013


International Conference to Conclude New Treaty to Facilitate Access to
Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print

12-Mar-2013 | Source : AG-IP News |
GENEVA - Journalists wishing to cover an international conference to
conclude a treaty to facilitate access to published works by visually
impaired persons and persons with print disabilities are invited to apply
for media accreditation.

The diplomatic conference to conclude the treaty is convened by the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and will be hosted by the Kingdom
of Morocco from June 17 to 28, 2013, at the Palais des Congrès in Marrakesh.

While some countries have domestic legislation that grants limitations and
exceptions for use of copyrighted works by visually impaired and people
with print disabilities, there is a legal vacuum at the international
level. Since 2004, WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related
Rights (SCCR) has been considering whether certain limitations and
exceptions should be harmonized internationally. WIPO’s General Assembly
decided that discussions relating to a future treaty to benefit visually
impaired and people with print disabilities are sufficiently advanced and
mature to convene a diplomatic conference. The convening of a diplomatic
conference signals entry into the final phase of treaty negotiations.

Some 300 million blind or visually impaired people around the world stand
to benefit from a more flexible copyright regime adapted to current
technological realities. Individuals with reading impairment often need to
convert information into Braille, large print, audio, electronic and other
formats using assistive technologies. Only a very small percentage of
published books around the world are available in formats accessible to the
visually impaired.

Journalists wishing to cover the conference are requested to submit an
accreditation form  with the supporting documents by April 19, 2013.

Manon Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
manon.ress at keionline.org
tel.: +1 202 332 2670

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