[A2k] Media Note from the US Department of State: Adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty To Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Fri Jul 5 01:28:25 PDT 2013


http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2013/06/211308.htm

Adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty To Facilitate Access to Published Works
for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

June 28, 2013

On June 27 in Marrakesh, the United States was pleased to join more than
150 other countries in adopting a treaty to increase access to print
materials for the world's estimated 340 million blind, visually impaired
and other persons with print disabilities at a World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO) Diplomatic Conference hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco.
The United States considers the agreement reached in Marrakesh to be
an important achievement that will help reduce the book famine that
confronts the blind -- the lack of accessible formats of books for people
with print disabilities -- while maintaining the integrity of the
international copyright framework.

Adoption of the treaty is the first step, and the Administration looks
forward to working with Congress to secure advice and consent to
ratification of the Treaty.

PRN: 2013/0815



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