[Art_beyond_sight_educators] UN forum adopts historic treaty to expand access to books for visually impaired
Lisa.Yayla at statped.no
Fri Jul 5 07:09:38 UTC 2013
UN forum adopts historic treaty to expand access to books for visually impaired
Negotiators at a United Nations-backed forum in Marrakesh adopted<http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2013/article_0017.html> today a landmark copyright treaty to enhance access to books for millions of people who are blind or visually impaired.
The treaty, approved after more than a week of intense debate among negotiators meeting under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is the culmination of years of work on improving access for the blind, visually impaired, and print-disabled persons to published works in formats such as Braille, large print text and audio books.
"This treaty is a victory for the blind, visually impaired and print disabled, but also for the multilateral system," said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.
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