Celebrating the Marrakesh Treaty
Can you hear the winds of change? Blind people around the world will have fewer hurdles to access literature. For decodes, people in other countries have had access to around five percent (yes, 5%) of the world’s literature. That is about to change.
The U.S. is a powerhouse of publishing. Our country will be the 42nd country to ratify the treaty. It is not often we get 100 percent consent from Congress. Fixes were made to copyright law to protect the interests of authors and publishers. Terms was negotiated with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Your American Council of the Blind started the discussion ten years ago. Melanie Brunson, who now works with Blinded Veterans, was instrumental in crafting the initiative in Marrakesh. Our Eric Bridges traveled to Geneva to further progress. Thank you to everyone who wrote and called their Congressional Reps.
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