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    Tue, 21 Sep 2010 11:33:18

    Stevie Wonder Asks Copyright Offices to Help the Blind - He wants the government to ease the access of billions of books the visually impaired cannot read

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    According to The Associated Press, blind vocalist Stevie Wonder is crusading for the rights of the visually impaired. Wonder wants global copyright overseers to help blind and visually impaired people access billions of science, history and other books they cannot read and that are not in formats friendly to the visually challenged. Wonder, 60, told the U.N.'s 184-nation World Intellectual Property Organization that more than 300 million people "live in the dark" and want to "read their way into light" and that they are being denied the opportunity to step into that very light!

    Wonder is hoping for a deal to facilitate trade in copyrighted books so that they can be translated into readable formats for people with disabilities. Wonder even joked to the diplomats: "Please work it out. Or I'll have to write a song about what you didn't do." Oh, Stevie! You're too cute.

    Should Wonder write a song about it anyway?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    09.21.10




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