The ABC Global Book Service (formerly TIGAR (Trusted Intermediary Global Accessible Resources) service) is an international database of books in formats accessible to persons who are blind, visually impaired or, otherwise print disabled, for their change across borders. It is hosted at WIPO, and contains currently titles in accessible formats in some 55 languages.
For more information about the ABC Global Book Service, please visit: http://www.accessiblebooksconsortium.org/globalbooks/en/
WIPO Marrakesh Treaty
The WIPO Diplomatic Conference concluded successfully on 28 June 2013 with the adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled (available here).
For IFRRO members, the Treaty should not per se bring about changes. Countries in which RROs administer statutory licences in respect of accessible format copies are allowed to maintain such arrangements. We continue to encourage RROs to respond positively to requests from authors and publishers to facilitate the making and cross-border exchange of accessible format copies, including participating in relevant ABC activities, such as assisting in rights clearance related to works made available through the ABC Global Book Service.
Parallel to the WIPO Platform, the European Commission run a stakeholder dialogue on access to copyright works for persons with print disabilities, with a particular focus on the situation in the EU Member States. This initiative, which supported the WIPO Platform, resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which the IFRRO President signed on behalf of IFRRO on 14 September 2010. Other signatories to the MoU are EWC, FEP, STM, European Blind Union and the European Dyslexia Association. ETIN (European Trusted Intermediary Network), in which IFRRO was active from its establishment, was established following the EU Memorandum of Understanding on access to works by people with print disabilities and was a Brussels-based network representing both trusted intermediary organisations and rightholders. It aimed at having pan-European coverage. Its activities have been overtaken by the ABC initiative.
IFRRO Resources to help RROs to assist authors and publishers provide appropriate access for VIPs
Author and Publisher Resources on accessibility
- Guide on accessibility for self-publishing authors
- Sample publisher and trade association policies on accessibility: