RRO Positions At WIPO On Exceptions And Limitations And On Access For Blind And Visually Impaired Persons

IFRRO presented the Joint Position on Exceptions and Limitations, signed by 26 Non-Governmental Organisations at the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) held 3-7 November 2008 in Geneva. It was based on the following general principles: (1) Existing flexibilities are not only adequate but preferable to new international binding norms. (2) At national level, all legislative options should be built on a flexible and fair foundation based on lawful access for users respecting the rights of creators and other rightholders. (3) There are many examples of good national models and practices, drafted within the present international norms.

In relation to the World Blind Union's (WBU) proposal for a WIPO Treaty for Improved Access for Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading Disabled Persons, IFRRO issued astatement encouraging WIPO to launch a platform of stakeholder consultation.  This would develop a roadmap for ensuring access to copyright works for the blind and visually impaired, including a set of best practice rules, guidelines and/or a sample agreement in order to facilitate accessibility to reading materials for the blind and visually impaired in a trusted and secure environment.