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Friday, 12 February 2016

Patricia Covarrubia

Peru is adding to its list: WIPO administered treaties

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On 02 February Peru ratified the Marrakesh Agreement at the headquarters of WIPO.

Image result for blind readingThe news are published by the Peruvian National Institute for the Defence of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi) which welcomes the recent ratification. The Marrakesh Agreement obliges signatory states to make changes and exceptions to the rules on copyright for the benefit of the blind, visually impaired, and otherwise print disabled (VIPs).

Peru became the fourteenth country to ratify the treaty, and the seventh Latin American country to do so. The others are: Argentina(April 1, 2015), Brazil (December 11, 2015), El Salvador (October 1, 2014), Mexico (July 29, 2015), Paraguay (January 20, 2015), Uruguay (December 1, 2014).

The Treaty, which forms part of the body of international copyright treaties administered by WIPO, will enter into force three months after 20 Contracting countries deposited their instruments of ratification or accession. Peru joined WIPO in 1980 and have signed many treaties not only in the area of copyright e.g. UPOV Convention, Budapest Treaty, Patent Cooperation Treaty and the Trade Mark Law Treaty.

Finally, INDECOPI refers to data brought by the World Blind Union (WBU), and notes that “over 90% of all published material is inaccessible to the blind and visually impaired.”


Patricia Covarrubia

Patricia Covarrubia