On Friday 20 June 2014, Ambassador Steffen Kongstad, Permanent Representative of Norway, signed the Marrakesh treaty at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). WIPO’s Director General, Mr. Francis Gurry, was present at the signing.
The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (MVT) is the latest addition to the body of international copyright treaties administered by WIPO. The treaty has a clear humanitarian and social development dimension and its main goal is to create a set of mandatory limitations, and exceptions for the benefit of the blind, visually impaired and otherwise print disabled.
The Treaty was adopted on 27 June 2013 in Marrakesh, and its entry into force requires the deposit of 20 instruments of ratification or accession by eligible parties.
Read more about the Marrakech Treaty here.