In an encouraging step towards promoting accessibility among the differently abled, India became the first country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, 2013.
Click here to read the post published in Spicy IP on July 1, 2014.
The treaty aims to increase the access that differently abled people have to copyright protected material. This will dilute an extremely formidable barrier to access to knowledge that the nearly 285 million visually impaired people around the world face. We had previously blogged about the salient features of the treaty here, as well as the India’s signing of the same here. Notice that the signing had taken place in April of this year and the ratification occurred in June. This is somewhat of a record between the signing and ratification of a treaty at the WIPO and demonstrates India’s commitment towards these objectives. There are close to 78 different signatories of the treaty in the past one year along with the EU. India’s Copyright Act was amended in 2012 to add the exceptions required under the treaty. The Accessible Books Consortium was also launched at the same WIPO event. The ABC is to implement the legal framework created by the treaty. For the CIS post on this, see here.