Stevie Wonder Urges UN to Ease Copyrights for the Blind

September 22, 2010  |  9:27am

Stevie Wonder went before the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recently to ask for changes to copyright laws that would give blind students access to millions of textbooks.

The AP reports that current laws sometimes require institutes for the blind in different countries to make multiple audiobook versions of the same work, which can be costly.

Wonder pushed for a compromise that would still benefit the authors “who labor to create the great works that enlighten and nourish our minds, hearts and souls” while making it easier for blind students in poor countries to get “the tools to think their way out of poverty.”

“Please work it out,” Wonder told the diplomats. “Or I’ll have to write a song about what you didn’t do.”

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