The World Blind Union Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty: Facilitating Access to Books for Print-Disabled Individuals (Front Matter)

Oxford University Press, 2017 Forthcoming

Duke Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Series No. 2017-17

12 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2017  

Laurence R. Helfer

Duke University School of Law; iCourts: Center of Excellence for International Courts

Molly K. Land

University of Connecticut School of Law

Ruth Okediji

University of Minnesota Law School

Jerome H. Reichman

Duke University School of Law

Date Written: January 5, 2017

Abstract

The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled" is a watershed development in the fields of intellectual property and human rights. As the first international legal instrument to establish mandatory exceptions to copyright, the Marrakesh Treaty uses the legal and policy tools of copyright to advance human rights. The World Blind Union Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty offers a comprehensive framework for interpreting the Treaty in ways that enhance the ability of print-disabled individuals to create, read, and share books and cultural materials in accessible formats. The Guide also provides specific recommendations to government officials, policymakers, and disability rights organizations involved with implementing the Treaty's provisions in national law.

Keywords: copyright, intellectual property, IP, exceptions and limitations, Marrakesh Treaty, blind, visual disabilities, print disabilities, international law, Berne Convention, international IP, three-step test, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD, treaty interpretation

JEL Classification: F00, F53, F55, F60, K11, K19, K33, O33, O38, P45

Suggested Citation

Helfer, Laurence R. and Land, Molly K. and Okediji, Ruth and Reichman, Jerome H., The World Blind Union Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty: Facilitating Access to Books for Print-Disabled Individuals (Front Matter) (January 5, 2017). Oxford University Press, 2017 Forthcoming; Duke Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Series No. 2017-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2894472

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Molly K. Land

University of Connecticut School of Law ( email )

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Ruth Okediji

University of Minnesota Law School ( email )

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Jerome H. Reichman

Duke University School of Law ( email )

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United States

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