On February 10, 2017, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry (right) received Panama's instrument of ratification to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

The Treaty enters into force for Panama on May 10, 2017.

On 20 October 2016, a new law on copyright and related rights has been published in the Official Journal of Côte d’Ivoire. The law grants a remuneration right to authors and publishers for the reprographic reproduction of works, to be administered exclusively by the Collective Management Organisation, and both the reproduction of works and the import and manufacturing of reprographic devices and systems are subject to this remuneration right.

The full text of the law can be found here, in French.

The Supreme Court of Spain has declared void and inapplicable the Royal decree that had resulted in private copying levies being replaced by a compensation paid from the State budget (Real Decreto 1657/2012), in line with the ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU in the Egeda case on 9 June 2016.

Find here an article in El País, in Spanish.

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