European Parliament Passes Resolution Calling for Binding International Exceptions for the Blind

Last week, the European Parliament endorsed a resolution calling on the European Council and the Commission to support a binding international treaty at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). The petition was put originally forward by Dan Pescod on behalf of the World Blind Union, the European Blind Union and the British National Institute of Blind People.

The adoption of the EP resolution marks an important new development for the WIPO discussions on an international treaty for limitations and exceptions for blind and visually impaired persons (VIP). The countries of the European Union, which are represented by the European Commission in the WIPO Copyright Committee, are currently among the supporters of a non-binding treaty.