THE TREATY OF MARRAKECH WILL BE INFORCED ON SEPTEMBER 2016
The Treaty of Marrakech is a catalog of exceptions that allows visually impaired people to access the use of different types of copyright protected works.
With Canada being the 20th country to join the Treaty of Marrakech, this international instrument in now enforceable since the treaty’s text stated that it would come into force when 20 countries would ratify its membership. The purpose of this treaty is to ensure that all visually impaired people can access large numbers of copyright protected works in the form of exceptions, since it is the treaty’s objective that these types of works remain guarded by copyright laws, while also being accessible to the visually impaired. This access is considered an exception in the sense that such does not constitute an infringement in the future.