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anada stands up to support the WIPO Treaty for visually-impaired access

Canada, along with 16 other countries, is backing measures of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that would allow the visually-impaired to break digital locks in order to have access to copyright works, consistent with Canada’s own copyright provisions. 

According to the WIPO draft document this would allow the visually-impaired person, or someone acting on his or her behalf, to make an accessible format copy of a lawfully-accessed work, and that this work could be exchanged across borders of member states. 

Only the USA is now blocking consensus on this treaty. 

To see text of this agreement, see the Draft Text Of An International Instrument/Treaty On Limitations And Exceptions For Visually Impaired Persons/Persons With Print Disabilities.

Any questions? Please contact Melanie Wrobel in the Copyright Office at, or call 250-391-2652.