September 26, 2018

Marrakesh Treaty

The House passed legislation Sept. 25 to implement the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works to Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. H.R. 2559, which was passed in June by the Senate when it gave its advice and consent to ratification of the treaty, is now ready for the president’s signature. The Marrakesh Treaty, which came into force in 2016 and is strongly supported by the ABA, requires contracting parties to adopt copyright exceptions and limitations in their domestic copyright laws to permit reproduction of public works into accessible formats usable by individuals with a range of disabilities that interfere with the effective reading of printed material. More than 30 countries are party to the treaty, which also requires that the countries allow eligible individuals and libraries to export and import works among those countries.