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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.

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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

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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

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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

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Protect the Right to Read: Sign White House Petition on WIPO Treaty

The American Library Association supports the Treaty for the Blind, a treaty that would allow international book lending to print-disabled people—including those who are blind, have low vision, are dyslexic, have a learning disability or other disability that prevents them

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