APH Applauds Passing of the Marrakesh Treaty by U.S. Senate
Accessibility for everyone. A copyright exemption could make it easier for people who are blind or physically impaired to get access to foreign works of music and literature.
“We are excited to see our American government recognize how important it is for information to be accessible to everyone,” said Gary Mudd, VP of Government and Community Affairs at American Printing House for the Blind. “This is a major step forward for people who are blind or visually impaired here in the states, and around the globe.”
The Marrakesh Treaty creates a copyright exemption for domestic use of accessible literary works and printed musical works. It would allow for the exportation and importation of these accessible items in formats such as audio books, Braille, and large print. People who are blind or visually impaired would be able to import works to or from more than 30 countries that are part of the treaty.
The “Marrakesh Treaty” was originally passed by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2013. Before the U.S. becomes a participating member in the sharing of accessible books, the act must be passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.