Writers! Sign onto letter in support of copyright treaty to benefit blind and disabled people

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4 Responses to “Writers! Sign onto letter in support of copyright treaty to benefit blind and disabled people”

  1. Laurel L. Russwurm says:

    Absolutely!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy and it’s very difficult to find a way to read. This would be amazing.

  3. swadeshine says:

    How would such a treaty be enforced? If I was say, a small publisher, would I be not allowed to operate without jumping through International hoops?

    • Anonymous says:

      The idea behind the treaty is that the publishers need not jump through any hoops if they don’t want to. If you publish a work, and don’t have the means or ability to put it into accessible form, the treaty makes it legal for someone else to make your work accessible.

      It doesn’t give them free rein to punt it around willy-nilly, though, it’s only for the purposes of granting access to the visually impaired.

      Different countries might implement this in different ways, too–there’s an explicit idea that some countries could require people who make use of this copyright exception would pay a small licensing fee to the copyright owner if they make their own accessible versions. The idea is that even if you pay, you shouldn’t have to wait for permission to make an accessible work.

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