Russia joins the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access of the blind to published works


The state Duma adopted a law on Russia’s accession to the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access of the blind and visually impaired persons to printed material. The provisions of this agreement apply to text materials, notes and related illustrations, including those published in audiobooks.

Agreement concluded at a diplomatic conference of the world intellectual property organization in Marrakesh (Morocco) June 27, 2013, establishes limitations and exceptions to copyright for people with visual impairments and other print disabilities information. The Marrakesh Treaty allows you to make the necessary changes to release copies of the product in PDF format available for people.

The provisions of the Marrakesh Treaty apply to any printed matter in plain text format books, magazines, study materials, notes and related illustrations, etc. we are Talking not only about the content published in the usual form, but also brought to the public by any media, including audiobooks.

“Russia’s accession to the Marrakesh agreement will expand access to books, journals, educational materials for persons with print disabilities information ensure for them equal access to cultural and social life of the community, will allow for international exchange of copies of works created in accessible formats”, – stated in the explanatory note to the document.