USICD Supports Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty

February 11, 2016

USICD Supports Rapid Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty and access to books for print-disabled individuals

The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) welcomes the transmission of the Marrakesh Treaty to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent to ratification by the United States.  The Marrakesh Treaty, officially titled the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, seeks to ensure full access to published works for all people who are print-disabled.

Under the treaty, States are required to identify and remove barriers, including intellectual property law restrictions, which prevent individuals who are print-disabled from accessing written material. The treaty reflects American law and is especially important for countries with under-developed disability law protections and intellectual property law frameworks. The adoption of the treaty by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has garnered broad support from states, publishing companies, and persons with disabilities.

 USCID supports rapid ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty by the US Senate.  The United States is party to more than a dozen WIPO treaties and often takes the lead in efforts to ensure uniformity in intellectual property standard-setting. Removing barriers and facilitating access to published works for individuals with print disabilities is an important, non-contentious issue that should garner bipartisan support.


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