[Published in SUNS #7614 dated 27 June 2013]
Marrakesh, 26 Jun (K. M. Gopakumar) — Major breakthrough negotiations on an International Treaty for Visually Impaired Persons/Persons with Print Disability concluded late night on 25 June.
The Treaty creates a legal obligation on the part of the Contracting Party to provide an exception or limitation in its national copyrights law on the right of reproduction, the right of distribution, and the right of making available to the public, to facilitate availability of the works in accessible format copies.
The Treaty covers persons with blindness, visual impairment, reading disability or any other physical disability which prevents them from holding or manipulating a book or to focus or move their eyes in the normal speed. Continue reading »