With the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty by 20 countries, the Treaty will come into effect on 30 September 2016.
The Marrakesh Treaty is international agreement that will help an estimated 285 million people worldwide have greater access to books published in accessible formats such as large print, braille or audio.
The Treaty provides exceptions to copyright protections to permit the printing and sending of accessible material in Australia and across borders. The Treaty establishes an authorised network of accessible format distributers, in turn reducing costly duplications.
The Treaty also provides a framework to protect the commercial interests of rights holders by requiring people to first seek to purchase material before relying on the Treaty.
The Treaty was adopted at the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2013 and Australia signed the agreement in June 2014.
For more information on the Marrakesh Treaty, visit the World Blind Union website here.
4 July 2016