The Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act builds on the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. The major goal of the Implementation Act is to modify and amend United States copyright laws to make it easier for people with print disabilities to access materials.
The types of works that can be made accessible were expanded exponentially because of the Marrakesh Act. All literary works and musical works in the form of text or notation are included.
To read more about the Marrakesh Treaty, see the "More Resources" section.
The Act clarifies who is covered under the new amendment including:
In order to be an "eligible person" the condition must be "determined by a competent authority possessing experience in making such determination."
While only three, broad condition are listed in the law, many organizations provide their services to those whose disability may fall outside of the listed conditions.
The disability does not have to be permanent. Temporary disabilities can benefit from the Act as long as the condition persists.
The Marrakesh Act does not mandate that all organizations and/or institutions provide accessible formats.
The formats these materials can be provided in can be any form that "allows an eligible person to have access to a work that is equivalent to a person without a disability." It is no longer limited to braille or audio recordings.
When implementing the Marrakesh Act, please make sure you abide by the following rules:
Works Covered Under Treaty:
Works Not Covered Under Treaty: