Treaty for the blind will come into force in Septemberby Ivano Abbadessa - 2016.07.01
Great news for people with visual impairments and for the multilateral intellectual property system. Yesterday Canada became the key 20th nation to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, which will bring the Treaty into force in three month’s time on September 30, 2016. The cornerstone of the Treaty is the Article 6, which requires the contracting parties to adopt national legal provisions to enable the reproduction and distribution of works without copyright restrictions or limits to the author’s rights. More than 75 states have signed the Treaty, which was adopted on June 27, 2013 at a diplomatic conference organized by WIPO and hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco in Marrakesh. For the Treaty to enter into force, twenty ratifications or accessions are required. The first 20 countries to ratify or accede were: 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.
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