Access and Copyright Efforts at Odds

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Lesson title

Access and Copyright Efforts at Odds

Video title, link and release date

Access and Copyright Efforts at Odds; September 3, 2012

Video length

Two minutes and forty-three seconds.

Grade level

High school

Video Summary

Talks in late July in Geneva on an international treaty that would streamline the process for publishers to create accessible books for the blind have stalled.

The treaty would force signees to create an exception in their domestic copyright laws that would allow published works to be converted into accessible formats without seeking permission from the copyright holder.

A similar law already exists in the United States, and has been in place since 1996. President Obama expressed support for the treaty in 2009.

Review Questions

1. The proposed treaty was a part of the ongoing negotiations at the ___________________________

______________ World Intellectual Property Organization.

2. Think from the copyright holder’s perspective – what would be the downside of this treaty, if passed?

Free Writing Journal Prompt(s)

What about this report do you have questions about?

What do you want to know more about?

Follow-up Assignment(s)

Note the date of the video and, if a significant amount of time has passed, a good follow-up activity might be to do a Google search to see if there are any new developments

Do a Google search to find related information


The Electronic Frontier Foundation, The Huffington Post, Washington Post



Katie Smith is a Seattle University student studying Strategic Communication. Katie is an avid athlete and loves reading, hiking and exploring Seattle's restaurant scene.