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Marrakech Accord enters into force in China

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According to the information obtained today from the National Copyright Administration of China, the “Marrakech Agreement Providing Access to More Books and Written Works for the Visually Impaired” entered into force in China today. Thus, China became the 85th party to the Marrakech Agreement.

The Treaty of Marrakech, ratified on 27 June 2013 in Marrakech, Morocco, is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a private agency of the United Nations. In the agreement, the parties were asked to introduce copyright restrictions and exceptions in order to protect the rights of the visually impaired to read and receive education.

China always attaches great importance to the protection of the rights of visually impaired and other disabled individuals to benefit from works under equal rules and to receive education in the field of copyright.

The Copyright Law, which entered into force on June 1, 1991 in China, determined that a published work can be translated into Braille without the permission of the copyright owner and without any payment to the copyright owner.

China became one of the parties in the first cluster by signing the Treaty of Marrakech on June 28, 2013.

The new version of the Copyright Law, which came into force on June 1, 2021, after the third amendment was made, reflects the core concept of the Marrakech Agreement, and its content is “published by converting written works into Braille”, and “is an unforgivable opportunity for people with disabilities that they can perceive.” It was enriched up to the provision of published works in this way.

The Marrakech Consensus was ratified at the 31st Meeting of the 13th National People’s Assembly of China on October 23, 2021. China’s approval document for the Marrakech Consensus was submitted to the World Intellectual Property Organization on February 5, 2022.

After the Marrakech Agreement enters into force in China, the spiritual and cultural life of the disabled in the country will be greatly enriched and their education level will be increased. In addition, the connection of disabled people of Chinese origin abroad with the country will be increased, and the dissemination of distinguished works in China abroad will be accelerated.

Source China International Radio
Hibya News Agency

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