Today the legal affairs committee JURI in the European Parliament today unanimously adopted an amendment supporting a binding WIPO treaty to give visually impaired and print disabled persons access to books that have been converted to accessible formats in other countries.
You can read more about the problem, and why a binding international treaty is needed, here.
The next step in getting the European Parliament to express its support for such a treaty will be a vote in the cultural committee CULT. I do not have an official date for the vote in CULT yet, but it appears it will be some time in March.
If the cultural committee accepts the amendment as well, it will be voted in plenary as part of the report Unlocking the potential of the cultural and creative industries some time later this spring.
There is still a long process ahead before any treaty on this subject becomes a reality, but today’s vote in JURI was an encouraging first step. And it was of course extra encouraging that all the political groups supported the amendment in that committee.
Now we’ll see what happens in CULT.
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