Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sign this petition and help end the bookfamine for the blind

Dear Friends:

Blind and print-disabled people in the United
States and across the world need your help to
relieve the worldwide book famine that prevents
us from receiving an education, attaining
employment, and fully participating in society.
The World Intellectual Property Organization is
considering a treaty that would make more books
available to blind and print-disabled people all
over the world by promoting an exception to
copyright law allowing books to be produced in
special formats like Braille and to be shared
across international borders. This treaty is
called the Treaty for the Blind or the VIP
Treaty. Unfortunately, publishers, big media, and
other rights holders like GE and Caterpillar,
some of whom have nothing to do with the
publishing of books at all, are complicating the
negotiations in an attempt to water down or kill
the treaty. You can help by sending a strong
message that you support a treaty that helps the
blind and print disabled get access to more
books. Please sign the petition at

Also, please share the petition link with your
family, friends, and others who you feel will support this effort.

Thank you for your support.

John G. Paré Jr.
Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIN


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