May 22, 2022

IFLA, EIFL, ICA and German Library Association Statement on a Treaty for the Visually Impaired at SCCR 25

From IFLA (Intl. Federation of Library Associations Web Site):

The first two days of the 25thmeeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) have seen Member States working in small groups to finalise a text for a treaty for visually impaired persons (VIP). New versions of the VIP working document have been made available to attendees at the beginning of each day. Library groups have welcomed access to these documents and continue to provide advice and expertise as needed to Member States involved in negotiations.

This morning (Wednesday 21st November) NGOs were given an opportunity to make comments. While there has been some positive progress in terms of finalising the document, there remain a number of areas where we would like to see more clarity that would help libraries provide access to information for the visually impaired and other reading-disabled persons. This morning IFLA gave a following together with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), the International Council on Archives (ICA) and the German Library Association.

Read the Full Text of the Statement

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