[A2k] Canada States its Intention to Join Marrakesh Treaty

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Tue Apr 28 05:36:55 PDT 2015


http://www.copyrightlaws.com/canadian/canada-states-its-intention-to-join-marrakesh-treaty/

Canada States its Intention to Join Marrakesh Treaty

BY LESLEY ELLEN HARRIS <http://www.copyrightlaws.com/author/lesley/> ·
WEDNESDAY 22 APRIL 2015 ·

The Canadian government announced its intention to accede to the Marrakesh
Treaty
<http://www.copyrightlaws.com/international/marrakesh-treaty-to-facilitate-access-to-published-works-for-persons-who-are-blind-visually-impaired-or-otherwise-print-disabled/>
 to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind,
Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled.

Current Members to the Marrakesh Treaty

The Marrakesh Treaty is the first treaty devoted solely to copyright
limitations or exceptions as opposed to rights for authors of
copyright-protected works, performers, and sound recording producers.
Limitations or exceptions limit the exclusive rights of creators and allow
consumers to use protected content without permission from creators. The
Treaty was finalized in 2013 and was signed by fifty-one countries.
However, in order for the Treaty to become effective, twenty countries must
ratify it.


At the current time, the following countries have ratified the Treaty:

   - Argentina
   - El Salvador
   - India
   - Mali
   - Paraguay
   - Singapore
   - United Arab Emirates
   - Uruguay


Similar to all WIPO copyright treaties, the Marrakesh Treaty does not set
out the law as it applies to works for the blind, visually impaired or
otherwise print disabled. Rather, the Treaty sets out minimum standards
that member-countries must adhere to and include in their own copyright
laws. The Treaty applies to all literary and artistic works (such as text,
notation, and related illustrations) whether or not the works are published
or otherwise made publicly available in any media.

Economic Action Plan 2015

The Canadian government’s intentions to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty are
set out on page 286 of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2015
<http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/docs/plan/budget2015-eng.pdf> as one of its
initiatives to help Canadians with disabilities:

“The Government will propose amendments to the Copyright Act to implement
and accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works
for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print
Disabled. The ability to access printed information is essential to prepare
for and participate in Canada’s economy, society and job market. According
to Statistics Canada, approximately 1 million Canadians live with blindness
or partial sight. The Government will propose amendments to the Copyright
Act to implement and accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to
Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise
Print Disabled (the Marrakesh Treaty). Aligning Canada’s copyright
limitations and exceptions with the international standard established by
the Marrakesh Treaty would enable Canada to accede to this international
agreement. Once the treaty is in force, as a member country, Canadians
would benefit from greater access to adapted materials.”



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