The treaty would also go a long way towards establishing equal rights and opportunities for education and employment for them, the HRD Ministry said in a statement here.

The treaty, which was ratified on June 30, will facilitate import of accessible format copies from member states by authorized entities in India such as educational institutions, libraries, etc. serving the needs of visually-impaired persons, the statement added.
    
Once the treaty comes into effect, it will enable ease of access to published works for blind, visually-impaired and otherwise print disabled persons in India.

So far, 79 World Intellectual Property Organization member states have signed the treaty, which will come into force once 20 countries have ratified it.

The development will also facilitate translation of imported accessible format copies and export of accessible format copies in Indian languages. The Indian Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012, is in harmony with the Marrakesh Treaty.

(Agencies)

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