On June 27, a Diplomatic Conference of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held in Marrakesh, Morocco, adopted the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. The Library Copyright Alliance has issued a new “User Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty” (PDF) by Jonathan Band. Read a condensed version of the user guide on the ARL Policy Notes blog.
The Marrakesh Treaty is intended to promote the making and distribution of copies of books and other published materials in formats accessible to people with print disabilities. The treaty would achieve this objective by obligating countries signing it (referred to as Contracting Parties) to adopt exceptions in their copyright laws that permit the making of copies in accessible formats as well as the distribution of those copies both domestically and internationally. In the “User Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty,” Jonathan Band describes the treaty’s provisions and obligations for Contracting Parties. He also discusses US compliance with the treaty.
Direct to: User Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty (PDF)