Wednesday, July 2, 2014

India has become the first country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty

India has become the first country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually-impaired or print disabled.

The reaty, which was ratified on 30th June, will facilitate import of accessible format copies from member states by authorised entities in India such as educational institutions, libraries, etc. serving the needs of visually-impaired persons, the statement added.

Once the treaty comes into effect, it will enable ease of access to published works for blind, visually-impaired and otherwise print disabled persons in India.

So far, 79 World Intellectual Property Organisation member states have signed the treaty, which will come into force once 20 countries have ratified it.

"The development will also facilitate translation of imported accessible format copies and export of accessible format copies in Indian languages," the statement.

The Indian Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012, is in harmony with the Marrakesh Treaty. 

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