Copyright treaty in Geneva Advances!
Bookshare pretty much has been made possible by the Chafee Amendment, a copyright exception provision in U.S. law that made it legal for us to scan just a bout any book without needing to get permissions first. The goal of the treaty is to set a standard that all countries have such a provision, and that they interact with other countries.
Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay joined together to propose that WIPO consider this treaty. During the meeting in Geneva, there was worrisome rhetoric coming from the advocacy community, like the Boing Boing post USA, Canada and the EU attempt to kill treaty to protect blind people's access to written material. My impression from additional tweets, emails, posts and articles is that the French are really leading the charge against a treaty. The U.S. seems to be mostly passively supporting killing the treaty but putting off discussion of it, rather than explicitly speaking against it.
In the end, the conclusion was more favorable. The treaty is still a live topic and will be discussed at the next WIPO meeting, which is a victory for the advocates. But, I'm sure there will be a lot of jockeying for that next round!
Copyright treaty backing e-books for disabled readers survives US and EU resistance | OUT-LAW.COM
WIPO Limitations & Exceptions Treaty Advances