[A2k] WIPO: Canada’s Accession to Marrakesh Treaty Brings Treaty into Force
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Thu Jun 30 08:58:23 PDT 2016
Thank you Thiru and Teresa for this exciting news! Really looking forward
to 30th September .
On Jun 30, 2016 5:16 PM, "Teresa Hackett" <teresa.hackett at eifl.net> wrote:
> Thanks, Thiru. Brillant news! Congratulations to everyone who made this
> Since the treaty enters into force three months after the 20th
> ratification, I guess that makes 30th September 2016 the day to look
> forward to.
> Best wishes
> On Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 12:12 PM, Thiru Balasubramaniam <
> thiru at keionline.org
> > wrote:
> > http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2016/article_0007.html
> > Canada’s Accession to Marrakesh Treaty Brings Treaty into Force
> > Geneva, June 30, 2016
> > PR/2016/792
> > Canada today became the key 20th nation to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty
> > to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind,
> > Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, which will bring the Treaty into
> > force in three month’s time on September 30, 2016.
> > Video: Message from WIPO Director General
> > “This is great news for people with visual impairments. and for the
> > multilateral intellectual property system. The Marrakesh Treaty will,
> > widely adopted throughout the world, create the framework for persons who
> > are blind and visually impaired to enjoy access to literacy in a much
> > equal and inclusive way,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “I
> > as many countries as possible to ratify the Treaty so that its benefits
> > be widely enjoyed throughout the world,” he added.
> > “I am honored that Canada is counted among the countries that together
> > enabling the coming into force of the Marrakesh Treaty internationally.
> > Together, we are creating a more accessible world for people living with
> > disabilities,” said Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic
> > Development Navdeep Bains. “The coming into force of the Treaty will mark
> > the last step of a long journey toward a more inclusive global community,
> > where print-disabled and visually impaired people can more fully and
> > actively participate in society and reach their full potential,” he
> > "Today is an historic day for Canada, as we become the 20th country to
> > accede to the Marrakesh Treaty, which thus brings the Treaty into force.
> > am proud that our government is standing up for Canadians with
> > and providing those with print disabilities more equitable access to
> > alternative-format published materials,” said Canada’s Minister of Sport
> > and Persons with Disabilities Carla Qualtrough. She added “As the coming
> > into force of this treaty becomes a reality, Canadians will benefit from
> > greater accessibility and opportunities in their communities and
> > workplaces."
> > Canada’s accession was preceded a day earlier by Ecuador and Guatemala.
> > Mr. Gurry paid tribute to countries in the Latin American region, who
> > up half of the contracting parties so far.
> > India was the very first country to ratify on June 30, 2014. “India is
> > pleased that the 20 ratifications have been achieved to allow entry into
> > force of the Marrakesh Treaty,” said Ambassador Ajit Kumar, India’s
> > Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International
> > Organizations in Geneva. Expressing hope that more countries would join
> > very soon, he added “We will now begin to see tangible benefits to the
> > world’s blind and visually impaired communities.”
> > More than 75 WIPO member states have signed the Treaty, which was adopted
> > on June 27, 2013 at a diplomatic conference organized by WIPO and hosted
> > the Kingdom of Morocco in Marrakesh. For the Treaty to enter into force,
> > twenty ratifications or accessions are required.
> > The first 20 countries to ratify or accede were: India, El Salvador,
> > Arab Emirates, Mali, Uruguay, Paraguay, Singapore, Argentina, Mexico,
> > Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Australia, Brazil, Peru, Democratic People’s
> > Republic of Korea, Israel, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala and Canada.
> > June 30, 2016 also marks the second anniversary of the Accessible Books
> > Consortium (ABC), which was created to help implement the objectives of
> > Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who
> > Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled at a practical
> > level through work in three areas: the sharing of technical skills in
> > developing and least developed countries to produce and distribute books
> > accessible formats, promoting inclusive publishing, and building an
> > international database and book exchange of accessible books.
> > Marrakesh Treaty – Ending the “book famine”
> > The Marrakesh Treaty addresses the “book famine” by requiring its
> > contracting parties to adopt national law provisions that permit the
> > reproduction, distribution and making available of published works in
> > accessible formats – such as Braille - through limitations and exceptions
> > to the rights of copyright rightholders.
> > It also provides for the exchange of these accessible format works across
> > borders by organizations that serve the people who are blind, visually
> > impaired, and print disabled. It will harmonize limitations and
> > so that these organizations can operate across borders.
> > This sharing of works in accessible formats should increase the overall
> > number of works available because it will eliminate duplication and
> > increase efficiency. For example, instead of five countries producing
> > accessible versions of the same work, the five countries will each be
> > to produce an accessible version of a different work, which can then be
> > shared with each of the other countries.
> > The Treaty is also designed to provide assurances to authors and
> > that that system will not expose their published works to misuse or
> > distribution to anyone other than the intended beneficiaries. The Treaty
> > reiterates the requirement that the cross-border sharing of works created
> > based on limitations and exceptions must be limited to certain special
> > cases which do not conflict with the normal exploitation of the work and
> > not unreasonable prejudice the legitimate interests of the rightholder.
> > Background for Editors
> > According to the World Health Organization, there are some 285 million
> > blind and visually impaired persons in the world, 90 per cent of whom
> > in developing countries. A WIPO survey in 2006 found that fewer than 60
> > countries have limitations and exceptions clauses in their copyright laws
> > that make special provision for visually impaired persons, for example,
> > Braille, large print or digitized audio versions of copyrighted texts.
> > According to the World Blind Union, of the million or so books published
> > each year in the world, less than 10 per cent are made available in
> > accessible to visually impaired persons.
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