IFPI welcomes Marrakesh Treaty

28th June 2013

IFPI applauds the successful negotiation of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled. The treaty clarifies that copyright law is not an obstacle to providing works in accessible formats to such persons. International copyright treaties and domestic copyright laws have always provided for exceptions to the rights of authors and rightholders in special cases that do not conflict with the normal exploitation of works and do not unreasonably prejudice the legitimate interests of the author and the rightholder. The Marrakesh Treaty confirms that copyright law is sufficiently flexible to include such exceptions, and demonstrates how solutions can be found where there is a will to work together.

For further information contact: Alex Jacob, IFPI London Email: alex.jacob@ifpi.org

Adrian Strain, IFPI London Email: adrian.strain@ifpi.org

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