Tag Archives: blind

“Miracle in Marrakesh” — Now what?

We are closing in on the one year anniversary of the “Miracle in Marrakesh,” which took place on June 30, 2013. This was the day when we all were astonished that, at the diplomatic conference in Marrakesh, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) agreed on an international copyright exception for people with print disabilities. Why such a surprise? It is ... Read More »

Intellectual property [sic] – it’s not about property

I really cannot fathom how anyone would say that the blind are thieves when accessible copies of books are not even available for purchase. Dr. Marc Maurer of the National Federation of the Blind and others remind us: people with disabilities do not want to be treated like second class citizens, expecting special handouts and giveaways. They want to purchase books just like everyone else, but accessible books are not available for sale. This is called “market failure.” In this case, authors or their publishers do not want to invest resources to satisfy a small market. It would not be in their economic interest to do so because they would not recoup costs. Market failure is a signal that an exception to copyright is necessary to fairly meet the information needs of the public. Read More »

Miracles of miracles! WIPO passes the treaty for the blind!

In an exciting turnaround, last night the World Intellectual Property Assembly (WIPO) made history by passing the “Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired and Persons with Print Disabilities (the “Treaty for the Blind”). Print disabled people and supporters of the treaty around the world are thrilled by the victory, including the American Library Association. After five years of advocacy ... Read More »

Time enough to read

Sign the petition to support blind reading rights today! Those watching early television reruns may have come across a show called The Twilight Zone.  A “teleplay” made during the “golden age” of television, this series was based on strong compelling stories and starred then unknown actors of the time. But The Twilight Zone was special. It had a spooky quality ... Read More »

Who opposes reading for the blind, and why they might win

Sign the petition to support blind reading rights today! The background: ALA has been working with associations like the National Federation of the Blind and the World Blind Union to pass the Treaty of Limitations and Exceptions for Visually Impaired Persons at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since 2008.  We have met frequently with rights holders and their lobbyists. ... Read More »