Thursday, May 28, 2009

Obama Admin Seeks Blocking WIPO Treaty for Blind

Jamie Love is reporting from WIPO that:
This evening the United States government, in combination with other high income countries in "Group B" is seeking to block an agreement to discuss a treaty for persons who are blind or have other reading disabilities.
Disappointing but not surprising. Not exactly "change."

We'll have to wait to see where Canada stands on this.


I've just discovered a tweet from Manon Ress from a few hours ago that says:
Canada is opposing the treaty for the reading disabled.
I hope she's wrong, but I can't recall that she has ever been wrong before on these kind of things. Maybe there's more to this than meets the eye. Let's hope.


PS - May 29, 2009 7:45 AM - Jamie Love tweets that "
WIPO #sccr18: Group B acting badly on treaty: EU plus Australia,Canada,Japan,New Zealand,Norway,Switzerland,the Holly See,United States"

PS: Cory Doctorow @ BoingBoing says "
Update 3: Canada is upset with me. That's fine, I'm upset with Canada."

PS: This is going to be the first seriously Twittered SCCR. For those with accounts, check out "#sccr18"

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