More than half a million titles for blind and visually impaired
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.
On Friday 23 June 2023, a webinar entitled “Copyright and Legal Basis for Generative Artificial Intelligence Training” was held as the inaugural event of an informal research network in the region in the field of copyright. Researchers from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and North Macedonia participated in the event, which is part of the national Open Knowledge Day initiative and the national and regional coordination activities carried out by ODIPI under the auspices of Knowledge Rights 21.
Open Data and Intellectual Property Institute ODIPI is organising a webinar on the topic of text and data mining copyright exception, titled “Copyright-legal basis for training generative AI”, as part of the national and regional coordination of the Knowledge Rights 21 programme, led by Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič.