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. For WBU members and other print-disabled
individuals, you can download the online Microsoft Word version on the WBU
Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty page.
You can find the Spanish
version on our Spanish 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.