[A2k] FW: Paper on the WIPO Proposed Instrument

Chris Friend king.henry at btinternet.com
Wed Nov 16 11:28:07 PST 2011

Dear A2K,

On the eve of the SCCR 23 meeting at  WIPO in Geneva 21 Nov - 2 Dec which is
committed, amongst its other agenda items,  to finalise the text for the
Print Disabled and to agree on the international instrument which will
deliver books for this excluded reading community, the Information Society
Project at Yale Law School  have produced a paper entitled "Addressing the
Proposed WIPO International Instrument on Limitations and Exceptions for
Persons with Print Disabilities: Recommendation or Mandatory Treaty?"

The paper is now up on the Yale ISP website of working papers:/

Their in-depth analysis shows that the options of soft law and a Two Step
Approach (first soft law followed by a possible Treaty as still favoured  by
USA, Mexico, EU) are both technically inappropriate and totally inadequate
as a solution to the challenge of removing copyright as an unreasonable or
discriminatory barrier to accessible formats for print disabled readers.
The full paper  provides lots of material for the negotiations  at WIPO next
week and is well worth reading in full.

Your thoughts on this timely piece of academic research would be interesting
as we make our final preparations.

Please also encourage your networks to blog and tweet this for us.

With kind regards,

Christopher Friend

WBU Strategic Objective Leader - Accessibility Chair WBU Global Right to
Read Campaign

Programme Development Advisor


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