Vision UK applauds the work the World Blind Union undertook to produce this landmark law which removes copyright barriers which have stopped blind and partially sighted people and their organisations from sending accessible format books (Large print, audio and Braille) from one country to another.
This treaty is vital as only 1-7% of all the books produced are produced in accessible formats
The treaty coming into force is fantastic for visually impaired or otherwise print disabled people are unable to access copyright works because accessible versions of those works (such as Braille copies of books) are unavailable in their country. However we need to ensure all countries ratify it. EU Member States are required to implement the Directive by 12 October 2018 and the Regulation will come into force through direct effect on the same date. This is vital as the EU has some of the largest collections of accessible format books which other countries are waiting to receive from us. Ratification of the treaty will open a new chapter in reading for visually impaired or otherwise print disabled people around the world.
The government is seeking views on how the UK can implement the Marrakesh Treaty.
You can read the full Marrakesh Treaty here.
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