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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    Beech, 25 Jun 2013 @ 5:44pm

    I do hate to quibble, but I think you need to consider how the USTR is going to spin this. As you said, the negotiations were pretty open. They also went on for a decade, as you also mentioned. Now of course there's correlation=/=causation to consider there, but the USTR will absolutely not consider it. Nevermind the industry groups stalling and trying to poison the well, because the USTR is quite fond of industry groups. They are going to say "See, open treaties take just soooo long to negotiate. We neeeed to do 'something' about piracy NOW! We are losing bajillion jobs and enough money to build a death star a year because of it! We can't wait the 10+ years it takes to get an 'open' treaty signed."

    Slimey? You bectcha. But that's how these people operate.

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