Effective in China from May
China on Saturday handed the ratification paper of Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled ( The Marrakesh Treaty ) to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
The Marrakesh Treaty, the first and only human rights treaty with copyright so far, is scheduled to come into force in China three months from now and is expected to guarantee print-disabled people's equal access to culture and education.
China will provide practical support to print-disabled people per the treaty and continue to strengthen cooperation with the WIPO, Zhang Jianchun, Vice Minister of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said in talks with WIPO Director General Daren Tang via video link on Saturday.
China will also further participate in the global administration of intellectual property under the WIPO's frameworks, Zhang said.
The Marrakesh Treaty was adopted by the WIPO on June 27, 2013, aiming to dissolve copyright-related obstacles for print-disabled people to obtain works, and entered into force on September 30, 2016. It now has 84 contracting parties.
The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, adopted a decision on ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty in October 2021.