The World Blind Union (WBU) is a global organisation that represents visually impaired individuals across the globe . 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!