[A2k] The Marrakesh Treaty: an EIFL Guide for Libraries

Teresa Hackett teresa.hackett at eifl.net
Thu Dec 4 10:58:30 PST 2014

The Marrakesh Treaty: an EIFL Guide for Libraries

In June 2013, member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization
(WIPO) adopted the “Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published
Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print
Disabled”. http://www.wipo.int/dc2013/en/

Libraries are key to the success of the treaty for two main reasons.
Throughout the world, libraries have a long history serving people with
print disabilities, and only blind people’s organizations, libraries and
other so-called “authorized entities” can send accessible format copies to
other countries. Because the treaty provides countries with important
policy options, librarians need to be involved in the development of
implementing national legislation to ensure the maximum possible benefit,
and to effectively meet the objective of the treaty - to end the book
famine for print disabled people.

EIFL is supporting ratification of the treaty in partner countries, and its
implementation into national copyright law.


The EIFL guide - the first of its kind - is in two parts. Part One is a
straightforward introduction to the treaty, its key provisions, and the
role of libraries in contributing to the treaty’s objectives. Part Two
provides a practical interpretation of the major technical provisions, with
recommendations, in line with public interest goals of enabling access to

While the guide is aimed at libraries, it can be easily adapted for use by
other institutions meeting the treaty’s definition of “authorized entity”.
It will also become available in French and Russian.

Download the guide here [PDF].
Teresa Hackett
EIFL-IP Programme Manager

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