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Venezuela designs plan to de develop Marrakesh Treaty related projects

By E.C.V. & ASOCIADOS - 05/02/2021

The Venezuelan Intellectual Property Office (SAPI) is working on a plan to expand the Marrakesh Treaty throughout the country, the institution announced. to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

Adopted on June 27, 2013, the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled forms part of the body of international copyright treaties administered by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) of which Venezuela is part. It has a clear humanitarian and social development dimension and its main goal is to create a set of mandatory limitations and exceptions for the benefit of the blind, visually impaired, and otherwise print disabled.

The treaty clarifies that beneficiary persons are those affected by a range of disabilities that interfere with the effective reading of printed material. The broad definition includes persons who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled or persons with a physical disability that prevents them from holding and manipulating a book.

Works "in the form of text, notation and/or related illustrations, whether published or otherwise made publicly available in any media", including audio books, fall within the scope of the MVT regime.

Another important element is the role played by authorized entities, which are the organizations in charge of performing the cross-border exchange. The rather broad definition of the term encompasses many non-profit and government entities. They are either specifically authorized or "recognized" by the government as entities that provide many functions including education and information access to beneficiary persons. Authorized entities have the duty to establish and follow their own practices in several areas, including establishing that the persons they serve are beneficiary persons, providing services only to those persons, discouraging unauthorized uses of copies, and maintaining "due care" in handling copies of works.

By E.C.V. & ASOCIADOS - 05/02/2021
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