Monday, 7th December 2009
Library Copyright Alliance Calls for Treaty to Ensure Access for Reading Disabled
From the Announcement (via the American Library Association District Dispatch):
The American Library Association, as a member of the Library Copyright Right Alliance, filed comments to the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office Friday regarding facilitating access to copyrighted works for the blind or other persons with disabilities.
The comments, which were filed jointly by the Library Copyright Alliance, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Internet Archive, and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, called for a multilateral treaty to resolve issues of accessibility for the blind and visually impaired.
“A multilateral treaty is needed because other proposals, such as market and voluntary mechanisms, or a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) model law, do not offer a comprehensive solution to the problems that must be addressed and will not deliver the results required to change the current situation,” the comments state.
“The treaty proposal offers a framework that accommodates a range of legal, market, and technological solutions that will enable the world’s blind and visually impaired persons to read and access culture on an equal basis with other members of society.”
Access the Comments as Filed (PDF)
See Also: Two Collections of Comments from the U.S. Copyright Office
1 ||| 2 ||| Background and Federal Register Notice