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Three days and counting. A stroke of a pen will bring accessible books to the blind and visually impaired



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Media Release // Senator Peter Whish-Wilson

Three days and counting. A stroke of a pen will bring accessible books to the blind and visually impaired

There are three days remaining for Australia to sign the Marrakesh Treaty, a global agreement to make books and other reading materials available copyright-free to the blind and visually impaired people of the world.

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said, “Today the Senate passed a motion calling on Australia to sign the Marrakesh Treaty. The clock is ticking. Australia has until the 26th of this month to sign the treaty.

“All blind and visually impaired people (BVIP) of the planet would benefit enormously if the Marrakesh Treaty came into force.

“Australia was at the forefront of making this treaty happen. It would be a great disappointment if Australia wasn’t one of the original signatories along with the United States, the European Union and over 60 other countries that have already signed it.

“The Marrakesh Treaty will allow libraries to make accessible copies of millions of books to BVIPs and would also allow these books to be shared around the world.

“There is nothing but good news for Australia if we sign the Marrakesh Treaty. I dearly hope that the Australian government finds the time to sign this landmark agreement within the required timeframe,” Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.

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Media contact: Tim Beshara 0409 164 603

For more information on the Marrakesh Treaty go to: http://theconversation.com/the-marrakesh-treaty-could-bring-the-worlds-books-to-the-blind-27101