India became the first country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for blind peoples.
The Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Dilip Sinha, handed over the Instrument of Ratification to Francis Gurry, Director General, WIPO at a ceremony held during the 28th Session of SCCR (Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights) in WIPO Headquarters.
The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities, and was signed in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 28 June 2013.
It has been created to set mandatory limitations and exceptions for the benefit of blink, visually impaired and otherwise print disabled (VIPs). The Treaty has been signed by 64 countries but has been ratified just by India.
The Marrakesh treaty will come into force once it is ratified by 20 countries.