Thursday 29 August 2013

Leading the blind?

This blogger read with interest an item posted on Intellectual Property Watch, here, entitled "Library Group Publishes User Guide To WIPO Marrakesh Treaty". The treaty in question, as readers know, is the recently adopted Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled”. The Library Copyright Alliance, a body representing three major North American library associations, has prepared a 21-page guide, "A User Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty", which has been written literally by a one-man band -- Jonathan "Bandwidth" Band.

Published in the middle of August, this lucid and concise work describes the main features of the treaty, explaining its various provisions and providing some illustrations relating to the rules on the import-export of accessible format copies and circumvention of technological protection measures.

Does any reader know if a version of this Guide has already been made, or will be made, in Braille, as a sound recording or in any other visually impaired-accessible format?

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