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Sunday 27 September 2020


SENADI Ecuador launched the dedicated website for the Marrakesh VIP Treaty

On 22 September 2020, the National Service of Intellectual Rights of Ecuador (SENADI Ecuador) launched the dedicated website for the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled (Marrakesh VIP Treaty).

The Marrakesh VIP Treaty, which has been in force in Ecuador since on 30 September 2016, requires “Contracting Parties to introduce a standard set of limitations and exceptions to copyright rules in order to permit reproduction, distribution and making available of published works in formats designed to be accessible to VIPs [blind, visually impaired, and otherwise print disabled], and to permit exchange of these works across borders by organizations that serve those beneficiaries”. 

Brazil, Ecuador, and Paraguay proposed the Treaty during the 18th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights in May 2009. 

The dedicated website for the Marrakesh VIP Treaty is audible and includes a brief history of the Treaty, the objectives, and the applicable legislation. Likewise, the website contains information about the actions and tools for the implementation of the Treaty, such as Úrsula (software developed by CERLALC which allows the authorized entities to register works in accessible formats to the blind, visually impaired, and otherwise print disabled). 

Credit: Image of Myriam Zilles on Pixabay.