Thursday, May 29, 2014

Last chance: Canada should sign Visually Impaired Treaty

The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled, which would make accessible-format copyright works more available, was finalized almost a year ago on June 27 2013.

Whereas 66 countries, including the EU, France, the UK, and the United States, have all signed the treaty, Canada as yet has not.

The treaty is open for signature for up to one year; that deadline is coming up soon in June.  Canada should sign the treaty to indicate its support for ending the book famine affecting accessible-format works.  Canada's signature belongs on the treaty, given the role that Canada reportedly played during the treaty's negotiation.

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