World Blind Union

The World Blind Union (WBU) is a global organisation that represents visually impaired individuals across the globe [1]. They have campaigned for the increased access of print and copyrighted material.

The WBU WIPO Treaty

The WBU drafted a treaty proposal which was subsequently tabled at the WIPO in 2009. The Treaty proposed the following:

  • Make it legal for print disabled individuals and specialist organisations to make accessible copies of published works in all countries which sign the treaty
  • Make it legal for accessible books to be sent internationally without permission for publishers
  • Prevent contracts with publishers from undermining copyright exceptions for print disabled people (currently they sometimes do)
  • Still respect copyright law: it is not an attack on publishers! [2]


World Blind Union


  1. World Blind Union
  2. European Blind Union Report