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Slowgoing Progress
Information Today - Medford
Subjects: International; Professional services not elsewhere classified; Politics & political behavior
Author: Charlton, John
Date: Sep 2014
Start Page: 9
Pages: 1
Section: INTERNATIONAL REPORT
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More than a year after the Marrakesh Treaty was signed by more than 50 countries, it is stuck in the slow lane as just one has ratified it. The treaty, formulated by World Intellectual Property Organization, is meant to spur signatory countries to make printed works accessible for blind people. According to the World Blind Union, only India has ratified the treaty. Meanwhile, library bodies that are pressing for copyright reform through the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) are forced to play a patient game. They will now have to wait for SCCR's December meeting to push for copyright exceptions for libraries and archives.

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