EIFL Marrakesh Guide Launches in Spanish

 Posted by on October 12, 2017  Comments Off on EIFL Marrakesh Guide Launches in Spanish
Oct 122017

Electronic Information for Libraries press release, Link (CC- BY)

EIFL is delighted to announce that our popular library guide to the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities is now available in Spanish, bringing to eight the total number of languages for the guide. The Marrakesh Treaty, which entered into force in September 2016 with respect to those countries that have ratified the treaty, gives organizations like libraries the right to reproduce printed works in accessible formats like braille and audio, and to exchange these works across national borders. EIFL has been a strong advocate for ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty and its implementation into national law. Continue reading »


EU Parliament Adopts Marrakesh Treaty; Blind Union Prepared To Fight Publisher ‘Compensation’

 Posted by on July 6, 2017  Comments Off on EU Parliament Adopts Marrakesh Treaty; Blind Union Prepared To Fight Publisher ‘Compensation’
Jul 062017

Monika Ermert, IP-Watch, Link (CC-BY-NC-SA)

The European Parliament today with over 600 votes adopted the legal instruments to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty on access to reading material for the visually impaired. The treaty, adopted by the members of the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2013 and effective since last year, has been subject of controversies due to lobbying from publishers in the European Union, members of Parliament said today in Strasbourg before the vote. EU member states after today’s vote have one year to implement. Continue reading »

Sep 132013
Photo by Ito (CC-BY-2.0)

Photo by Ito (CC-BY-2.0)

I write to thank the many members of our community who worked to support our highly successful event yesterday afternoon organized and convened by Peter Jaszi and entitled The 2013 Marrakesh Treaty: Providing Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind and Print Disabled.  I also write to alert teaching colleagues about the potential usefulness of the video record for use in the classroom or as a supplementary material.

This event is in the spirit of being out front on current events because the treaty was concluded this summer, and Peter was able to put together an all-star panel in a very short time.  The video is here:  http://www.pijip-impact.org/events/marrakesh/  A transcript for those with hearing impairments will be added shortly. Continue reading »

May 242013

150px-we_the_people_logoThe following petition has been posted on the White House’s ‘We the People’ site:

Less than 1% of printed works globally are accessible to the blind. This is because laws around the world bar printed material from being turned into formats useable by the blind and visually impaired, or for such material to be shared across borders. That’s why 186 countries will soon convene in Morocco to finalize a Treaty that would empower the world’s nearly 300 million blind citizens with the same rights to read, learn, and earn that the sighted enjoy. However, huge and powerful corporations – many wholly unaffected by the proposed Treaty – are working to fatally weaken it or block its adoption.  Ask the President to compel US negotiators to fight for a strong Treaty that gives blind people equal access to books and doesn’t burden those who want to provide them.

Click here to sign the petition.



WIPO Talks on the Treaty for the Blind Disappoint Countries and Advocates Alike

 Posted by on April 22, 2013  Comments Off on WIPO Talks on the Treaty for the Blind Disappoint Countries and Advocates Alike
Apr 222013

wipo logoOn April 20, WIPO held a meeting to prepare a text for the final deliberations on the treaty on copyright exceptions for Visually Impaired People.  IP Watch reports that many of the countries seemed worried that there were too many areas left undecided, or even sliding “backward,” as the Honduras delegation warned.  Some worried that there will be too much left to decide when negotiations are set to conclude in Morocco in June. Continue reading »