Marrakech Treaty For The Blind Signed; MPAA Unable To Kill It

from the could-it-be? dept

It took decades to get this done, but it appears that a copyright treaty for the blind has been signed in Marrakech, and despite a full court press from the MPAA to further water down the agreement, it appears the final version is closer to what the various public interest and blind groups wanted. Apparently, US and EU negotiators were not thrilled with the outcome, but couldn't fight it any more. The full text hasn't been released yet, but from all the commentary out of Marrakech, it sounds like the MPAA failed to poison this treaty. I'm sure we'll have more on this later, but two things to discuss out of this:
  1. Contrary to the claims of the USTR about how it would be crazy to negotiate agreements like ACTA, TPP or TAFTA with openness on the drafts being considered, this agreement was negotiated with transparency and (mostly) openness. Once again, we see that the USTR is full of it with its lack of transparency.
  2. There is still a ratification question. Expect the MPAA efforts to now shift to blocking the US from actually ratifying the treaty, which is rather important, since the key part of the treaty is letting creative works for the blind enter into various countries, but most of the books would likely originate from the US....

Filed Under: blind, copyright, fair use, marrakech, ratification, three step
Companies: mpaa


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 25 Jun 2013 @ 5:00pm

    You know, this business with the NSA will probably result in more fall out than is presently considered by the US government, corporations, and treaty processes.

    Unless the US government comes clean with all the spying business, these countries they are asking for signing on to treaties is likely to tell the US they can't trust them to honor what they sign. Antigua comes to mind in that one as a prime example that could now work against them.

    While the entertainment industries do have national copy right enforcers and pushers for law, most of them are actually viewed as being arms of the US group.

    That's not going to be good for the long haul without this government restoring trust and so far they are batting zero.

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