Copyright protections and disability rights: turning the page to a new international paradigm

Harpur, Paul and Suzor, Nicolas (2013) Copyright protections and disability rights: turning the page to a new international paradigm. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 36 3: 745-778.

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Author Harpur, Paul
Suzor, Nicolas
Title Copyright protections and disability rights: turning the page to a new international paradigm
Journal name University of New South Wales Law Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0313-0096
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 36
Issue 3
Start page 745
End page 778
Total pages 34
Editor Andrew Smorchevsky
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject C1
180114 Human Rights Law
Abstract This article argues that governments around the world need to take immediate coordinated action to reverse the 'book famine'. There are over 129 million book titles in the world, but persons with print disabilities can obtain less than 7 per cent of these titles in formats that they can read. The situation is most acute in developing countries, where less than 1 per cent of books are accessible. Two recent international developments - the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the new Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (somewhat ironically nicknamed the 'VIP Treaty') - suggest that nation states are increasingly willing to take action to reverse the book famine. The Marrakesh Treaty promises to level out some of the disparity of access between people in developed and developing nations and remove the need for each jurisdiction to digitise a separate copy of each book. This is a remarkable advance, and suggests the beginnings of a possible paradigm shift in global copyright politics. Now that the Marrakesh Treaty has been concluded, however, we argue that a substantial exercise of global political will is required to (a) invest the funds required to digitise existing books; and (b) avert any further harm by ensuring that books published in the future are made accessible upon their release.
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