[A2k] EIFL statement at SCCR/29 on other disabilities

Teresa Hackett teresa.hackett at eifl.net
Wed Dec 17 10:37:27 PST 2014

Agenda item 7: Limitations and exceptions for educational and research
institutions and for persons with other disabilities

On behalf of Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), we would like to
comment on the issue of Limitations and Exceptions for persons with other
disabilities, on a note of information.

As delegates will know, the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print
disabilities is without prejudice to other exceptions for persons with
disabilities provided in national law. Article 12(2) confirms the important
point that the treaty does not restrict the granting of rights to persons
with other disabilities who need alternative formats in order to access

Therefore in our new guide to the Marrakesh Treaty for libraries, EIFL
includes a recommendation that encourages countries to avail of this
flexibility permitting a member country to retain and expand exceptions
protecting persons with disabilities other than those mandated by the
treaty, and to add new ones as appropriate. This will ensure that equal
treatment is granted to all persons regardless of their disability.

Other recommendations in the guide include those relating to libraries as
authorized entities, conditions for the application of exceptions in
national law, and conditions for the cross border exchange of accessible

The guide is freely available online. It will also be available in French
and Russian in the new year.

Thank you for your attention.

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