[Nfbc-info] FYI FW: [Nfbnet-master-list] Sign this petition and help end the book famine for the blind

Michael Hingson info at michaelhingson.com
Thu May 23 17:22:33 UTC 2013

This affects all blind people.  Please read. 


Michael Hingson

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From: Nfbnet-master-list [mailto:nfbnet-master-list-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of David Andrews
Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 02:05 PM
To: nfbnet-master-list at nfbnet.org
Subject: [Nfbnet-master-list] Sign this petition and help end the book
famine for the blind

Dear Friends:

Blind and print-disabled people in the United States and across the world
need your help to relieve the worldwide book famine that prevents us from
receiving an education, attaining employment, and fully participating in
The World Intellectual Property Organization is considering a treaty that
would make more books available to blind and print-disabled people all over
the world by promoting an exception to copyright law allowing books to be
produced in special formats like Braille and to be shared across
international borders. This treaty is called the Treaty for the Blind or the
VIP Treaty. Unfortunately, publishers, big media, and other rights holders
like GE and Caterpillar, some of whom have nothing to do with the publishing
of books at all, are complicating the negotiations in an attempt to water
down or kill the treaty. You can help by sending a strong message that you
support a treaty that helps the blind and print disabled get access to more
books. Please sign the petition at

Also, please share the petition link with your family, friends, and others
who you feel will support this effort.

Thank you for your support.

John G. Paré Jr.
Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIN

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