May 16, 2022

ARL Celebrates 20th Ratification of Marrakesh Treaty to Improve Global Access to Publications for Print-Disabled Users

From an ARL News Post by Krista Cox, Association of Research Libraries:

Today, June 30, 2016, Canada acceded to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled, becoming the 20th country to ratify or accede to the treaty and thereby putting the treaty into force three months from now, on September 30.

The Marrakesh Treaty, concluded in June 2013 and signed by the United States in October 2013 but not yet ratified by the US, provides minimum standards for limitations and exceptions to copyright law to create and distribute accessible formats for people with print disabilities and allows for the cross-border exchange of these formats.

The first 20 countries to ratify the treaty include, in order of ratification, India, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Mali, Uruguay, Paraguay, Singapore, Argentina, Mexico, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Australia, Brazil, Peru, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Israel, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Canada.

Learn More, Read the Full Text of the ARL Announcement

See Also: Official Announcement from WIPO: Canada’s Accession to Marrakesh Treaty Brings Treaty into Force (via WIPO)

See Also: Main Provisions and Benefits of the Marrakesh Treaty (2013)
8 pages; PDF.

See Also: Full Text and Summary of Treaty (via WIPO)

Direct to Accessible Books Consortium

Statement by WIPO Director General Francis Gurry

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