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THE WBU Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty has been published!

We are happy to announce that the World Blind Union Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty: Facilitating Access to Books for Print-Disabled Individuals has been officially published by Oxford University Press (OUP). The Guide is intended to help governments of ratifying countries as they face a variety of legal and policy choices when deciding how to incorporate the Marrakesh Treaty into their national legal systems. These decisions will determine whether the Treaty realizes its overarching objective—to enhance the human rights of print-disabled persons by facilitating their ability to create, read, and share books and other cultural materials in accessible formats. It will also be a useful resource for disability rights organizations and other civil society groups, and print-disabled individuals themselves when advocating for the ratification and implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty. 
The guide was written by academic experts from both the copyright law and international human rights fields: Professors Laurence R. Helfer, Molly K. Land, Ruth L. Okediji, and Jerome H. Reichman. It views the Marrakesh Treaty as an international agreement that employs the legal doctrines and policy tools of copyright to advance human rights ends. 

You can order a copy of our Guide on the OUP website. OUP has also graciously allowed for an open access copy to be available on our website with the intention of allowing print-disabled individuals, mainly WBU members, to have access to an online accessible version of the Guide. It is important to note that this open access copy is not meant to replace the comprehensive text available on Oxford University​ Press (OUP).                                                                                     

For WBU members and other print-disabled individuals, you can download the online Microsoft Word version on the WBU Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty pageFor the Russian version of this guide click hereYou can find the Spanish version​ on our Spanis​h website and the French version will be available soon. We will also have other languages available as resources permit. ​The World Blind Union expresses its sincere appreciation to the following organizations that helped to fund the creation and production of this Guide: the Open Society Foundations (OSF), which provided significant financial support for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Marrakesh Ratification and Implementation Campaign, of which this Guide is a key component; CBM; Sightsavers; Royal National Institute of Blind Persons (RNIB); Vision Australia; International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI); and the National Federation of the Blind India.​





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