The copyright on Braille is running out

by Beatrice Credi - 2013.07.01

After five years of negotiations, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), has finalised the first treaty on copyright for books in Braille. What does this agreement mean for publishers of books for the visually impaired? The cornerstone of the treaty, article 6, requires the publisher to adopt national legislation to enable the reproduction and distribution of works without copyright restrictions or limits to the author's rights. The treaty also provides for the exchange of books between countries. Seeing as only 5% of all books published are currently available, the new document, as well as facilitating access to culture, should also significantly lower costs.

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