Copyright

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
acta, blind, copyright, eu, treaties



Why Is A Treaty For Letting The Blind Have Access To Books Too Difficult, But ACTA Is Fine?

from the questions,-questions dept

We've pointed out the hypocrisy of the industry folks who are eagerly supporting the expansion of copyright via ACTA, but who are against a few very limited simple exceptions to copyright for the blind in a new WIPO treaty. However, in defending this position, a European Union Commissioner, Michel Barnier, has explained to the European Blind Union, that doing a treaty is just too hard, and it's much easier to just do a much more limited "joint recommendation," which would be a lot weaker. As KEI's Jamie Love points out in the link above, it seems odd here that the EU is admitting that it's too difficult to bother creating new treaties around copyright... at the same time it's heavily involved in ACTA and a number of other copyright treaties. Apparently it's only worth undertaking that kind of effort when it ratchets copyright up in favor of industry. The blind? Eh. Not worth the effort...

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    Ryan Diederich, 4 Mar 2011 @ 7:26am

    Actually....

    I wonder how many blind (or deaf, or other sense-impaired) individuals are forced to pirate books on tape and other forms of media.

    I wonder if they could be arrested for using speech software to read things to them, I mean, the copyright, its so bad...

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