Obama Blocks International Treaty for Blind
3:51 PM, Jul 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Huffington Post reports that "The Obama administration is blocking the creation of an international treaty designed to protect access to books and reading material for blind people in poor countries."
The treaty would aim to bring down the cost of blind-accessible media, such as Braille books and audiobooks, for those who are blind around the world.
"Many nations have specific copyright protections for such works, exempting their producers from having to pay costly royalties to publishers," notes the Huffington Post. "But poor countries still have very limited resources to produce works for the blind, and thus have extremely limited libraries. An international treaty would make it easier for wealthier nations, like the United States, to share works with other countries."
In other words, the "treaty would explicitly require countries to establish new copyright protections for publications for the blind. Violating the treaty would subject nations to international sanctions."
These are measures, according to the Huffington Post, that the blind community has advocated for over the last two decades.