More than half a million titles for blind and visually impaired
Libraries for the blind from Croatia, Spain, Latvia, Portugal and United Kingdom have recently added their collections to the Accessible Book Consortium (ABC), which brought the total number of books accessible to blind and visually impaired on Global Book Service beyond 500.000.
ABC is a public-private partnership under the flagship of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which includes different organizations and institutions for blind and visually impaired people and whose aim is to globally fulfill the goals set out in the Marrakesh Treaty and to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats. Pursuant to the Marrakesh Treaty, reproduction and cross-border exchange of books and other works in format accessible to blind and otherwise visually impaired people are allowed (Slovenia implemented the Directive 2017/1564 which enacts the Marrakesh Treaty with amendment to its Copyright Act, ZASP-H in November 2019).
ABC fulfills its purpose through the Global Book Service online portal that allows for cross-border exchange of books in accessible formats with the help of cooperating libraries and organizations. Recently, libraries for the blind and visually impaired from Croatia, Spain, Latvia, Portugal and UK joined ABC, which increased the Global Book Service’s collection well beyond half a million books in accessible formats.
For more information on the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty, see here.
The 43rd session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (hereinafter SCCR) made substantial progress on the issues advocated by the A2K Coalition (Access to Knowledge Coalition), which IPI is a member of. This year’s session was the most productive on the issues of exceptions and limitations. James Love (Knowledge Ecology International), a long-time observer at WIPO, described the outcome and the impact of the public interest community as the strongest since the conclusion of the Marrakech Treaty, which brought global copyright exceptions for the benefit of the blind and visually impaired.
Today, March 17, 2023, a symposium on law in the information society is taking place in the golden lecture hall of the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana. Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič will present copyright aspects of artificial intelligence at the symposium.
The third day of the 43rd session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights is intended for discussion on the topic of exceptions and limitations to copyright, especially in connection with the right to research.
The 43rd session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR/43) is being held in Geneva from March 13 to 17, 2023. The Intellectual Property Institute has a permanent observer status at WIPO since 2022 and is also a member of the Access to Knowledge Coalition (A2K coalition).