Judit from Knowledge Ecology International sez,
The World Blind Union has been for years requesting a new international legal framework that will allow them to produce and share accessible formats of books and other written material.
The World Blind Union World Intellectual Property Organization treaty proposal, formally endorsed by Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay is supported by nearly all developing countries and by disabilities and consumer organizations but the position that developed countries, like the European governments and United States, will take next week is still unclear.
The publishers are lobbying against the treaty but there are a lot of authors, writers and journalist that want their books and writing to be read by the millions of people who are blind and have other reading disabilities and that recognize the importance to support this treaty proposal.
We are therefore encouraging authors and writers that support the treaty proposal to sign this letter to WIPO and its Member States
Why is it urgent: Next week the treaty proposal is going to be discussed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. This is the website for the WIPO meeting.
I was proud and honored to be asked to sign onto this. KEI is looking for "writers, journalists and authors" — anyone who produces commercial copyrighted written works to sign on. Please forward this onto writers' organizations, blogs, communities, as well as individual writers of your acquaintance.