Open Forum - WIPO

7 December 2016 - A Open Forum on Other in Guadalajara, Mexico


The session will look at how the copyright system can enhance inclusiveness and participation of people with disabilities in cultural and social life on the Internet. Accessibility of content is a pre-condition for education of people with disabilities in our knowledge societies. In this respect, the international community adopted the Marrakesh Visually Impaired Treaty in June 2013. WIPO is engaged in activities in this area, such as has the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC), so that once the Marrakesh Treaty comes into force there should be a tremendous increase in the production and distribution of accessible books worldwide. In addition Member States have started discussions on the broader challenge of facilitating access to works for all persons with disabilities, other than those already covered by the Marrakesh Treaty. These activities have a clear humanitarian and social development dimension and a direct link to the sub-theme “Access and Diversity”.

Name of Speaker(s)

Mr. Scott LaBarre, World Blind Union; Mr. Stuart Hamilton, IFLA; Mr. Manuel Guerra, Government of Mexico; Mr. Nicolas Suzor, QUT Law School; Ms. Michele Woods, WIPO.

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