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Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty: Monitoring Report

The Marrakesh Treaty was signed in June 2013, and barely three years later entered into force. Yet ratification is only part of the story. IFLA’s monitoring work shows where progress is still needed to improve national laws.  The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for… Read More

  • Publications
  • 01 October 2018

Getting Started: New IFLA Guide on Making the Marrakesh Treaty Real

The Marrakesh Treaty has already had a major impact on copyright legislation, removing legal barriers to making and sharing copies of books in accessible formats. But to ensure that people with print disabilities benefit from genuinely equal access, implementation is key. A new IFLA guide helps libraries take this final step, and make the promise of Marrakesh real. Read More

  • News
  • 27 August 2018
  • By: anonymous

Change the World in 80 Days: Momentum Builds on Marrakesh

Progress towards ratification and implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty is accelerating around the world. With European Union legislation entering into force in 80 days, and welcome news from the United States, Japan, South Africa and elsewhere, the barriers to access to knowledge for people with print disabilities are falling. Read More

  • News
  • 24 July 2018
  • By: anonymous

United States Moves towards Marrakesh Ratification

There has been welcome news from the Unites States, where legislation designed to implement the Marrakesh Treaty has been introduced to Congress. Once this is voted, America will join the growing number of countries choosing to remove the unnecessary copyright-related barriers that have meant that people with print disabilities only have access to a small share of all publications. Read More

  • News
  • 19 March 2018
  • By: anonymous

Seminar on Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty

Hala Essalmawi (Library of Alexandria, Egypt) will represent IFLA, underlining what libraries, with the right support and laws, can do to provide access to information to people with print disabilities. Read More

  • Events
  • 26 February 2018

One Step Closer to Access: IFLA Welcomes Progress towards EU Ratification of Marrakesh

Last week, the Council of Ministers of the European Union, representing its Member States, voted to approve the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty. This opens the way to the EU and its 28 Member States formally joining the Treaty in the summer, opening up many new possibilities for access to, and exchange of, books in accessible formats for people with print disabilities. Read More

  • News
  • 20 February 2018
  • By: anonymous

The Last Mile: IFLA Launches Work to Help All Libraries Deliver on the Marrakesh Treaty

When they signed the Marrakesh Treaty in 2013, the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organisation committed to removing legal barriers to access to books for people with print disabilities. They opened the way to dealing with a key cause of the book famine – the fact that barely 7% of published books were available in suitable formats. IFLA is working on a guide to ensure that libraries can make full use of the potential that the Treaty offers. Read More

  • News
  • 03 December 2017
  • By: anonymous

Getting It Right: At Second Marrakesh Assembly, IFLA Launches Guide to Implementing the Treaty in Europe

Following agreement in the European Union on legislation to implement the Marrakesh Treaty, Member States now have a year to comply. By 11 October 2018, all 28 countries need to give people who are blind, have visual impairments or other print disabilities, as well as the institutions that serve them, the possibility to make and share accessible format copies of books. A new Guide makes recommendations on how best to do this. Read More

  • News
  • 05 October 2017
  • By: anonymous