Copyright Treaty To Give The Blind More Access To Books

Law360, New York (June 27, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT) -- Negotiators from 186 countries adopted an international treaty Thursday that requires signatories to make exceptions to their national copyright laws in order to make books more accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

The treaty, negotiated through the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization, was approved following a week of debate at a meeting in Morocco, is "historic" and "will lead to real benefits for the visually impaired," WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said in a statement.

Currently, only 60 countries have exceptions in their copyright...
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