From a Post by Ed Lang on American University’s Intellectual Property Brief:
Delegates of the World Intellectual Property Organization are scheduled to meet in Marrakesh, Morocco from June 17-28 for a diplomatic conference to negotiate the terms of a treaty defining copyright exceptions for the visually impaired. The delegates’ ultimate goal is to ensure the blind and visually impaired are provided with equal access to copyrighted materials as the rest of humanity. The World Blind Union has endorsed the negotiations, stating that regardless of specific language, the treaty should facilitate a practical “system that allows the maximum access to materials by blind and visually impaired people throughout the world”.
The first obstacle regards cross-border transfers of copyrighted works in blind-accessible formats.
On the other side of the issue, several US industry groups have reiterated their vociferous opposition to any treaty for the visually impaired. Among such groups, the Motion Picture Association of America has taken the lead in lobbying the US government to demand stricter protection for DRM technology in the treaty, as well as a complete removal of any reference to fair use or fair dealing in the text of the treaty.
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