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The Marrakesh Treaty: what does it mean for publishing?

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Room "Spektrum 1", Congress Centre level C2 at Frankfurt Book Fair

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The Marrakesh Treaty – a WIPO Treaty which obliges those who ratify it to create copyright exceptions to allow visually impaired people or authorised entities (libraries, as well as other organisations) to make accessible copies of copyrighted works without asking permission from the rightholder.

The Treaty will come into force on 30th September. As of 15th September, 22 countries have now ratified the Treaty and many others will be looking to amend national copyright law to bring the Treaty into force domestically. A key focus of the Treaty is to enable cross border exchange of accessible files for use by those with print disabilities.

What does this mean for national publisher associations and publishers?

This hour long event will explain the Treaty and what this does in fact mean for the publishing community. You will hear from experts about the Treaty and from the Accessible Books Consortium about the TIGAR service which was established for publishers and authorised entities to facilitate the cross border exchange of accessible files.

Speakers include:

Carlo Scollo Lavizzari, International Publishers Association

Richard Orme, DAISY Consortium

Jim Russell, Accessible Books Consortium


Entry is free but registration is essential

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: National Publisher Associations, Legal, Contracts, Permissions and Rights Professionals, National organisations supporting accessible publishing.

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