[Menvi-discuss] NLS, Bookshare and Learning Allie are being threatened by WIPO, if you can buy it, you can't borrow it

Chela Robles cdrobles693 at gmail.com
Mon May 27 14:35:34 EDT 2013

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On 5/27/2013 11:28 AM, Brandon Keith Biggs wrote:
> Hello,
> There is a treaty called WIPO that deals with making materials 
> accessible to blind people globally. If it goes as intended, NLS, 
> Bookshare and Learning Allie could become Global, rather than just 
> American.
> There are a ton of major organization's who are fighting against this 
> treaty being passed, and they are going for the idea that if you can 
> buy a book, you can't borrow it. This means, once a book is made 
> available to the public, blind people won't have access to download it 
> in an accessible format from a library. This could also potentially 
> threaten major print book libraries as well.
> Please see below for Bookshare's message. Please sine the Whitehouse's 
> petition:
> http://cts.vresp.com/c/?Benetech/39440e0084/377977e221/4e4438ce56This 
> could be the best thing since the PC
> Thank you,
> Brandon Keith Biggs
> -----Original Message----- From: Brandon Keith Biggs
> Sent: Monday, May 27, 2013 10:17 AM
> To: Sonja Biggs
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] URGENT: Bookshare Needs Your Help
> Dear Brandon,
> It's not typical for us to send you an email like this, but we
> felt
> this situation was so important it was necessary.
> You may already be aware, but for years negotiations have been
> moving
> forward on what many have come to call the "Treaty for the Blind
> -
> http://cts.vresp.com/c/?Benetech/39440e0084/377977e221/8c6ac19ad5
> " The goal of the international treaty is to make it possible
> for
> people who are blind, or have other print disabilities such as
> dyslexia, to get access to the books they need for education,
> employment and inclusion in society--no matter where they live.
> It's
> something we already do, with great success, in the United States
> through Bookshare.
> However, private interests are trying to alter the treaty in such
> a
> way that it would become useless--even harmful. For example,
> they're
> trying to get language adopted that basically says: "if you can
> buy
> it, you can't borrow it." This is not only an attack on people
> around
> the world with print disabilities--it's also an attack on
> libraries,
> like Bookshare, and could have a drastic effect on the number of
> books you have access to.
> Our biggest worry is this becoming a treaty that could stop
> Bookshare
> from serving our users in the United States the way we do today.
> We
> need our government negotiating for a treaty that supports a
> library
> like Bookshare.
> That's why we're working with a coalition of disability and
> library
> groups, including the National Federation of the Blind and the
> American Council of the Blind, to fight back against the proposed
> changes by these private interests. We'll do everything we can
> to
> secure a treaty that both protects the access we have now and
> that
> will benefit people with print disabilities around the world--but
> we
> need your help.
> We're asking you to take a moment to sign a petition on the White
> House's website that urges the President to step up his support:
> -
> http://cts.vresp.com/c/?Benetech/39440e0084/377977e221/4e4438ce56
> If we can get to 100,000 signatures, the White House is
> required to
> respond to the petition and will, hopefully, take positive
> action.
> With your help we know we can reach that number. We also
> recommend
> the petition -
> http://cts.vresp.com/c/?Benetech/39440e0084/377977e221/f43c9aab46
> /sid=2&reset=1 at the National Federation of the Blind's site,
> which is
> particularly accessible.
> Thank you for your time and support. Together, we believe that
> our
> collective voice can make a real impact.
> If you're interested in more background on the treaty, here are
> some
> articles and resources you can review:
> Huffington Post piece by Jim on how the treaty is being poisoned
> by
> private interests:
> http://cts.vresp.com/c/?Benetech/39440e0084/377977e221/3f5de5c34d
> WIRED Magazine article that gives some recent updates on the
> treaty:
> http://cts.vresp.com/c/?Benetech/39440e0084/377977e221/7e58bb06a5
> Sincerely,
> Jim Fruchterman & Betsy Beaumon, Bookshare
> P.S. Please post the link to the White House petition on your
> social
> media to help spread the word and get your friends involved!
> Again,
> here is the link: -
> http://cts.vresp.com/c/?Benetech/39440e0084/377977e221/af6f03126e
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