The cultural committee CULT adopted the amendment supporting a binding WIPO treaty on books for the blind this morning. As far as I could tell, the vote was unanimous, just like it was in the legal affairs committee JURI last month.
The next step is now the vote in plenary on the report Unlocking the potential of the cultural and creative industries. This vote should some time later this spring.
To actually get a treaty giving blind people access to books that have been converted to readable formats in other countries, not only the European Parliament, but also the Commission and the governments of the 27 member states need to be in favour of it. There is still a very long way to go.
But the win in CULT today was one more step in the right direction.
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