Deciphering the 'Right to Read' under International Human Rights Law: A Normative Framework for Equal Access
48 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2019
Date Written: May 18, 2019
While much has been written about the Marrakesh Treaty, its legal standing, and its content, a detailed analysis of the human rights principles that it encompasses is not available. Furthermore, even though the Marrakesh Treaty was adopted nearly five years ago, the pace of its ratification remains low. Therefore, this paper analyzes the normative and legal foundations for the validity of the claim that lack of satisfactory access to copyrighted material is discriminatory and a violation of the visually impaired persons’ human rights. This analysis highlights the need for the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty as a key step towards provision and facilitation of better access to copyrighted works for the print-disabled.
Keywords: Marrakesh Treaty, Copyright, Right to Read, Copyright Exceptions
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