India ratifies Marrakesh Treaty

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India has become the first country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty.

The treaty, which was adopted at a diplomatic meeting organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Morocco in June 2013, improves access to published works in formats such as Braille and allows for their distribution across national borders.

There are an estimated 285m blind and visually impaired persons in the world. A WIPO survey in 2006 found that fewer than 60 countries have limitations and exceptions clauses in their copyright laws that make special provision for visually impaired persons. The treaty will take effect after 20 ratifications or accessions are presented to WIPO.

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