New technologies have opened the door to greater access for millions of
people who are visually impaired, yet copyright law frequently stands in
the way. This is particularly true in the developing world, where
digital works are often unavailable due to legal restrictions. My weekly technology law column (Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) notes that on June
17, delegates from around the world will gather in Marrakesh, Morocco
for a diplomatic conference to negotiate the final text on a new United
Nations treaty that is designed to improve access to copyrighted works
for people who are blind or have other perceptual disabilities.
The Treaty for the Visually Impaired, which has been the subject of
years of discussion at the World Intellectual Property Organization,
seeks to address the access problem in two ways.
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