Thursday, June 20, 2013

Canada stands up for visually impaired access

Jamie Love of Knowledge Ecology International reports that Canada, along with 16 other countries, is backing measures that would allow the visually impaired to break digital locks in order to have access to copyright works.  The United States, which proposes more restrictive measures on digital locks, is now isolated, according to Love.

This is an excellent move by Canada and the 16 others that is consistent with Canadian provisions that allow the circumvention of TPMs by the perceptually impaired or those working on their behalf. 

This move is made in the context of the currently-underway Diplomatic Conference to Conclude a Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities.  See also my posts here and here.

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