Monday, July 23, 2012

Obama Blocks International Treaty for the Blind

The Huffington Post reports that "The Obama administration is blocking the creation of an international treaty designed to protect access to books and reading material for blind people in poor countries."

The treaty would aim to bring down the cost of blind-accessible media, such as Braille books and audiobooks, for those who are blind around the world.

The administration's effort to block the treaty comes after President Obama vowed to support an "international instrument" to ensure that blind persons globally have access to reading materials.

Related reading:  Dan Pescod of the World Blind Union on WIPO Treaty for BlindEmmanuel Meyer: Switzerland supports a WIPO treaty for blind persons; Alan Adler on World Intellectual Property Organization Treaty for the Blind

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