May. 29th, 2009

ashi: This is me, dressed like a pirate.  Arrrr. (arrrr!)
Hrm, the WIPO is trying to write a treaty exception to copyright so blind people will have free access to the written word. Several countries including USA, Canada the EU, and Australia, are trying to block this.

"The main aim of the treaty is to allow the cross-border import and export of digital copies of books and other copyrighted works in formats that are accessible to persons who are blind, visually impaired, dyslexic or have other reading disabilities, using special devices that present text as refreshable braille, computer generated text to speech, or large type. These works, which are expensive to make, are typically created under national exceptions to copyright law that are specifically written to benefit persons with disabilities..."

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/05/29/usa-canada-and-the-e.html

Whatever your stance on DMCA and copyright, this seems like a very good treaty to me.

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