Fascinating Meeting at the Copyright Office

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Last Friday I spent almost two and a half hours in a wide-ranging conversation with Maria Pallante of the Copyright Office (and two other folks whose full names I didn't write down). I would characterize the atmosphere as one of informed and intelligent skepticism on the part of the Copyright Office, with many questions exploring different positions. copyright exemption for serving the print disabled is commonly called the Chafee Amendment: Section 121 of copyright law.

The Road to Accessibility without Borders: Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty

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One year ago, on June 28, 2013, at a diplomatic conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, the World Intellectual Property Organization ( WIPO ) agreed on a historic international copyright exception for people with print disabilities. I have previously written about the top issues addressed by the Treaty , but to recap, the Treaty is a wonderful instrument because it requires exceptions for people who are blind or have other print disabilities in national copyright laws.

Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

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We first extended Bookshare services internationally in 2008 with the launch of Bookshare in India. Of course, in India and other developing countries, the gap is even larger. grant by the Lavelle Fund and with welcome changes to Indian copyright law in effect, we embarked on a new project to increase service and expand the number of accessible books for people who are blind in India. We are committed to increasing our impact in India by an order of magnitude.

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What is in the Treaty of Marrakesh?

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First, it makes creating a national domestic copyright exception an obligation of countries that ratify the Treaty. Second, the Treaty allows for easier import and export of accessible versions of books and other copyrighted works. Countries should enact a domestic copyright exception so that Authorized Entities can make accessible copies of Works without getting permission from the rightsholders. or similar laws in other countries like India and the EU.

Mobilizing Impact at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

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Judy Heumann (left) moderating the panel on empowering the world''s billion people with disabilities On the second day of the CGI Annual Meeting, I announced Benetech’s Commitment to Action : Leveraging Technology to Bring Books to the Blind in India. Our Commitment is to increase service and expand the number of accessible books for blind people in India via our Bookshare International initiative. “Mobilizing for Impact.”

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Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

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The Missive Just as I was leaving for Geneva from California, attendees received an email from Alicia Wise of Elsevier, advocating on behalf of the rightsholders for support from attendees for a particular approach to implementing Marrakesh that the publishers especially favor, to provide incentives for publishers to sign off on collective licenses to ease cross-border transfer of copyrighted accessible files. One of the reasons I started the Beneblog more than ten years ago (!)

Commercial Availability: The Poison Pill for Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

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That’s the lobbying position of some companies in the intellectual property field when implementing the new Marrakesh Copyright Treaty. In this post, I hope to convincingly make the case why countries ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty should implement copyright exceptions for people with disabilities which do not have these self-clearing provisions, technically called “commercial availability limitations.” copyright exception, which was one of the inspirations for the Marrakesh Treaty.

Poisoning the Treaty for the Blind

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I feel quite strongly about this because of how well a balanced copyright law can work, and does work, right here in the United States. The World Blind Union''s lead negotiator pointed out how these provisions would, in practice, stop Bookshare from serving blind people in India. The three-step test is part of international copyright law meant to allow countries to reflect their own values in their copyright exceptions. Congress to gut our model copyright exception.

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Big Meeting on the Treaty this Week!

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The goal of the Treaty is to make a copyright exception for the blind and other people with disabilities that stop them from reading print, and to make import and export of accessible content legal. As the operators of Bookshare in the USA, which was made possible through a great exception in our copyright law here, we would love to make all of our books available to people with qualifying disabilities around the world.

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Optimistic about Marrakesh Treaty!

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We’re doing a ton of work with partners in India , the first country to ratify it, to allow people in India to take full advantage of India’s now-favorable copyright environment. Additionally, we have over 200,000 copyrighted accessible book titles already available in most countries in the world. The World Blind Union’s ( WBU ) Right to Read campaign for ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty just concluded two days of meetings in Berlin, Germany.

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My remarks just made at WIPO today

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Statement of Benetech to the 20th Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at the World Intellectual Property Organization June 23, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland • My nonprofit organization, Benetech, operates Bookshare, the largest online library for people with print disabilities, with the mission of bringing accessible books to all people with print disabilities around the world • We have roughly 100,000 members in the U.S.

Bookshare without Borders: #1/3

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We’re grateful to our socially responsible publishing partners who give us world rights to their titles, even though they are not required to do so under international copyright law. We began with Hindi and Tamil, two of the most-spoken languages in India, and have recently added Arabic, which opened up our services to countries all across the Middle East and Northern Africa.

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Vinod Sena in memoriam

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Just after returning from India and Bangladesh, I received word that one of my key contacts and hosts had suddenly passed away. He has been described as the pioneer of Talking Books in India, and had been campaigning for a copyright law change to make it easier to provide access to accessible books. While I was in India, I picked up the newspaper and saw that he had just received a Helen Keller award for his work.

Bookshare International’s Viji Dilip Profiled in Magazine

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Viji, who is from India, received a BA in accounting from Madras University and moved with her husband to the Bay Area. Since Viji was raised in India, she began looking at the educational challenges faced by people from that country. She found that India was 20 to 30 years behind the United States in providing assistive technology for the blind. The staff I work with at Benetech are committed to the communities that we serve with our technology.

Delhi University

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I asked the folks there if they knew of less expensive accommodations, since the Taj Palace Hotel where the India Economic Summit was held was fabulous but also more than I'd ever paid per night in the U.S.! The meeting was held at what used to be the Viceroy of India's lodge in New Delhi, and steeped with history. Lord Mountbatten proposed to his wife in that building and was later the Chancellor of the University as the UK's last Viceroy to India.

I Need a Good Lawyer

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We’re operating at the forefront of copyright limitations and exceptions, both in the United States and globally. The recent Indian copyright amendment that creates an exception similar to Section 121 in the United States, which makes it possible for us to set up a Bookshare-style crowd-sourced library in India with local partner NGOs. No, we’re not being sued (and we want to keep it that way).

President’s Update: Fall 2013

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Delivering Benetech''s statement to the WIPO diplomatic conference That’s why I’ve been actively advocating for a global copyright exception modeled after the great exception in the United States that made Bookshare possible. We’re going to demonstrate what this could look like by piloting Bookshare International at scale in India. We just announced a Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative , to increase our impact in India by an order of magnitude.

10X: CEO’s Update: Spring 2014

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The Oak Foundation just awarded us a grant to provide accessible content to people with qualifying learning differences (like dyslexia) in Brazil, India, and the United Kingdom. The Lavelle Foundation is supporting us to expand Bookshare in India, which will likely be our first full-scale replication of Bookshare outside the U.S. 10X: ten times the impact. That’s what’s been on my mind lately. How can our existing successful programs reach ten times more people?

Mr. Jim Goes to Washington (and New York, and Nairobi, and Seoul, and Kampala, and Boston…)

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Met with the UN Foundation about a major grant they are giving us to bring Bookshare to India. I had a joint meeting (both Republicans and Democrats) with the key Senate Judiciary Committee staff who are the copyright experts, and learned a lot about the process. She convened a group of noteworthy law professors who are experts on international law, including human rights and copyright law.

Towards Global Access for the Print Disabled

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A Policy Update from an engineer, Jim Fruchterman of Benetech June 8, 2010 The international copyright negotiations in Geneva around a proposed Treaty for the Visually Impaired (“TVI”) have been steadily heating up. trade publishers (and some in India and the UK), and over 1,000 international members in 35 countries today. It has a statement encouraging national copyright exceptions for people with print disabilities as a Good Thing™.

A Social Publishing Strategy by John Gautam, Pratham Books

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Note from Beth: During my trip to India in February, I was introduced to a nonprofit children's book publisher in India, Pratham Books. “It was set up to fill a gap in the market for good quality, reasonably priced children’s books in a variety of Indian languages. Its] mission is to make books affordable for every child in India.” India has a reading problem and the problem is two fold. Source: Pratham Books.

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Enabling a Participatory Culture using Creative Commons Licenses

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Note from Beth: Lately, a question on my mind is whether or not the concept of Networked Nonprofits is a global one as I’ve had the opportunity to share some of the ideas beyond the US borders in Kenya and UK. I think Pratham Books , an NGO in India, is a networked nonprofit. I first discovered the organization about a year ago when I taught some workshops in India. Bio: Gautam John is a lawyer with a focus on copyright laws.

National Library Week and Bookshare

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Bookshare started as the sharing of copyrighted and public domain books in a central repository authorized by the Chafee Amendment by people with print disabilities for their own use. Bookshare is also picking up steam in India. We have members all over the world, but Bookshare India is the biggest outside of the United States right now. Guest Blog from Amy McNeely, Bookshare Librarian This past week, April 12th through April 18th, was National Library Week.

11 Important Questions Every Nonprofit Should Ask Before Signing A Video Contract

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Who has the copyright to the footage? Featured Photo: Empower 350 Grassroots Correspondents in India by Video Volunteers. Making a short video for your nonprofit can be an exciting experience. It can also be frustrating. I’ve made dozens of videos for nonprofits, all over the world.

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TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge Global Tweet Chat Recap

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A lot of helpful and insightful digital storytelling advice was shared; below are some of the highlights: India: NASSCOM Foundation, TechSoup Global partner, led the way with How to Create High Impact Stories. The chat stressed the importance of communicating about privacy and copyright for those concerned about participating in digital storytelling. On Monday, April 16, TechSoup took its Digital Storytelling global with a full-day tweet chat spanning 10 time zones.

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See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » The Chronicle of Philanthropy – Telling Moving Stories

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The New York organization last year collected more than 60 hours of footage of the organization’s workers and volunteers helping AIDS patients in Uganda, tsunami victims in India, and poor residents of El Salvador, and it soon plans to use that extra footage for an extensive online video campaign.

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » The Chronicle of Philanthropy – Telling Moving Stories

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The New York organization last year collected more than 60 hours of footage of the organization’s workers and volunteers helping AIDS patients in Uganda, tsunami victims in India, and poor residents of El Salvador, and it soon plans to use that extra footage for an extensive online video campaign.

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