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In a few weeks, the nations of
the world will gather in Morocco to finalize a treaty that could help the millions
of blind and visually impaired have affordable access to books, but lobbyists
from Hollywood and the publishing industry are making a last minute push to
fatally weaken the Treaty – despite getting all their previous demands.
In a few weeks, the 186 governments that are members of the
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will gather in Morocco with the
goal of crafting a Treaty For The Blind. The agreement would facilitate global production and lending
of audio books, Braille translations, and otherwise enable the visually
impaired and those with certain learning disabilities to have affordable access
This will most benefit the millions of blind people in the developing
world who live in poverty, by adopting many of the rights to translate works into
braille or other forms accessible to the visually impaired that are already law
in the United States.
But last minute lobbying by Hollywood and publishing interests
in the U.S. and Europe have threatened to derail the Treaty for the Blind at the last minute.
We are asking everyone to please sign
this We The People Petition telling the Obama
Administration to side with the blind, not Hollywood.
It's no longer a debate: people recognize that the anticircumvention provisions of the DMCA are flawed. Insofar as they keep people from doing things like unlocking their cell phones, over 100,000 people and the White House have said so, members of Congress have said so, and the FCC has said so. There's also widespread recognition that the DMCA as a whole needs reevaluation, which the Register of Copyrights recognizes.
So why are we seeing simultaneous efforts to double down on enforcing a defective law?
Yesterday, Senators Baucus and Hatch introduced a hefty bill on trade issues.
Maria Pallante, the Register of Copyrights (and thus, head of the Copyright Office) was the sole witness in a hearing today with an ambitious title: "The Register's Call for Updates to U.S. Copyright Law." (An archived copy of the hearing is here) Her testimony provides a guide to the sorts of changes she thinks are necessary in the coming years.
As my colleagues Sherwin Siy and Michael Weinberg have reported, Senator Ron Wyden spoke at CES yesterday and unveiled his Freedom to Compete agenda. The agenda contains many concrete proposals to preserve and promote an open Internet. In this post, I will focus on the proposal that would instruct the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to seek open Internet principles in “all trade discussions” and also talk about the process by which these trade discussions take place.