Press Release: Visually Impaired Persons and Publishers Join IPA

Geneva, 2 July 2007 - For Immediate Release

Visually Impaired Persons and Publishers Join IPA in Geneva for Dialogue on International Access

The International Publishers Association invited VIP (Visually Impaired Persons) experts and publishing industry stakeholders to discuss the issues of access of visually impaired persons across borders to works in accessible formats.

IPA invited experts to informal talks in Geneva. The invitees came from the World Blind Union, the DAISY Consortium, and IFLA/Libraries for the Blind Section to join publishing industry specialists from the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) and the Dorina Nowill Foundation (Brazil). All were invited in their personal capacity, not as spokespersons of their respective organisations.

IPA took the initiative to discuss the recommendations of a recent study by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) which highlighted the issue of cross border access to works formatted to suit the needs of visually impaired persons as particularly pressing. Participants at this meeting agreed on a shared work programme to identify and analyse different options for the solution of this issue.