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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    el_segfaulto (profile), 4 Mar 2011 @ 8:19am

    Re: If this isnt an issue...

    It used to be a bit difficult to do this. Macs used to run on a completely different chip architecture which meant much of the code could not be reused and the entire project would have to be recompiled. Now that Apple has switched to Intel processors, the process is a bit easier but still not inconsequential.

    Converting text to braille is reasonably easy and once the software is written to handle it, doesn't need to be rewritten every time. As a software developer I like your metaphor but it isn't really along the same lines.

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