Canada deposited its Marrakesh Treaty accession instrument today. The Marrakesh Treaty now has twenty members, which is the number needed for the Treaty to come into force. That will happen after a three-month period, on September 30, 2016.
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. It 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 (VIPs).
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry received on June 29, 2016 Ecuador's and Guatemala's instruments of ratification to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. Ecuador and Guatemala have become the 18th and 19th countries respectively to sign up to the "Books for Blind" Marrakesh Treaty. The accession of these two countries means that just one more needs to ratify it for the treaty to come into force.