New Delhi, May 1 UNI | 3 months ago

India has signed the 'Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (MVT)'.

The Treaty had been adopted on June 23, 2013. The Marrakesh Treaty requires contracting parties to
introduce a standard set of limitations and exceptions to copyright rules in order to permit reproduction, distribution and making available of published works in formats designed to be accessible to these persons and to permit exchange of these works across borders by organizations that serve those beneficiaries.
Indiaa€™s ratification of this Treaty will facilitate importation of accessible format copies from the member states by the Indian authorised entities such as educational institutions, libraries and other such institutions working for the benefit of visually impaired persons.

This will also facilitate translation of imported accessible format copies and export of accessible format copies in Indian languages.

The Indian Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012 is in harmony with the Marrakesh Treaty. India would soon be ratifying the Treaty, which will enter into force after the deposit of 20 instruments of ratification or accession by eligible parties.

The signing ceremony was organised by World Intellectual Property Organisation(WIPO) during the 27th session of Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) at Geneva yesterday, an official statement said today.

(Posted on 01-05-2014)