WIPO member states met from 3rd until 7th of November 2008, to revise a number of fundamental copyright issues. The conference examined WIPO work on limitations and exceptions, the protection of audiovisual performances and broadcasting organizations and discussed the question of access to copyright protected content by visually impaired persons.
Limitations and Exceptions: Access for Visually Impaired People
Some of the member states recognized the special needs of disabled persons (including the blind, visually impaired and other reading disabled persons) and pointed out the importance of concentrating on those needs.
They have agreed to analyze current limitations and exceptions. The possible establishment of a stakeholders platform at WIPO was also discussed, as to simplify secure access for disabled persons to copyright protected works.
Due to the fact that for visually impaired people to have access to copyright protected works in a readable format (e.g. Braille, large print and audio books) may be necessary to copy and transform a given work into a large text or other format. The law in many countries allows such copying and transformation without the rights owners permissions, in other countries; those acts could infringe copyright if done without permission.
Member states expressed their interest to develop for performers the international protection of audiovisual performances. The importance of information exchange as a means of building consensus on this issue was underlined.
It was decided to continue discussions on the protection of broadcasting organizations with a view to concluding an international instrument.
Progress has been achieved in boosting understanding of the various stakeholder positions. Nonetheless, further work is necessary to achieve agreement on the objectives, specific scope and object of protection of such an instrument before convening a diplomatic conference to conclude a treaty.
Reason why a diplomatic conference could be arranged only after agreement on objectives, specific scope and objective of protection had been achieved.