Rightholders Issue Statement on “Blind Treaty”

(05.10.2012) The IFJ joined 18 organisations representing creators and

rightholders from the creative industries in developing and developed countries

around the world, in a joint statement on a new treaty for

blind people that is being discussed  at

the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

The group expressed support for a possible international instrument that

will improve access for visually-disabled persons while respecting the rights

of authors and the existing international copyright framework. They called upon

Member States to focus on the clearly defined needs of persons with visual

disabilities, and warned that such an exception should not hinder the basic

principles of copyright and the rights of authors.

WIPO delegations have been required to comment on a new text which will be discussed at

the next session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights from

19 - 23 November.