[A2k] EU Proposals on Treaty of Marrakesh Ratification - libraries respond

Stephen Wyber Stephen.Wyber at ifla.org
Thu Sep 22 08:54:34 PDT 2016

Dear all,

IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) and EBLIDA (the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations) have published a joint statement in reaction to the European Commission's proposals to implement the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. A Directive<https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/proposal-directive-permitted-uses-works-and-other-subject-matter-protected-copyright-and> will enshrine a right to make accessible copies of books for beneficiaries, and share them within the countries of the European Union. A Regulation<https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/proposed-regulation-cross-border-exchange-between-union-and-third-countries-accessible-format> will open the way to global exchange of these works.

The two organisations broadly welcome the proposals, but caution that for this potential to be realised, the European Parliament and Member States must take care to reject any new barriers to access, notably around record keeping. For more information, see our news story<http://www.ifla.org/node/10879>, and the full statement<http://www.ifla.org/files/assets/clm/statements/eu_marrakesh_ratification_-_libraries_respond.pdf>.

Many thanks,


Stephen Wyber
Policy and Research Officer, IFLA
IFLA Headquarters
P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague

Stephen.wyber at ifla.org<mailto:Stephen.wyber at ifla.org>
Tel. 00 31 (0)70 314 1756
Fax. 0031 (0)70 383 4827

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