The ratification and implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty for visually impaired persons in the Arab Gulf States

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Olwan, Rami. 2017. "The ratification and implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty for visually impaired persons in the Arab Gulf States." The Journal of World Intellectual Property. 20 (5-6), pp. 178-205. https://doi.org/10.1111/jwip.12088
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The ratification and implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty for visually impaired persons in the Arab Gulf States

ERA Journal ID33548
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorOlwan, Rami
Journal TitleThe Journal of World Intellectual Property
Journal Citation20 (5-6), pp. 178-205
Number of Pages28
Year2017
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1422-2213
1747-1796
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/jwip.12088
Web Address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jwip.12088
Abstract

Visually impaired persons (VIP) have asked the international community to help end the “book famine” they face and increase the number of books available in accessible formats. After 30 years of negotiations, meetings and consultation between member states delegates, negotiators and non-profit organizations, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted the VIP Treaty on 27 June 2013 in Marrakesh, Morocco, which entered into force on 30 September 2016. Until today, it is mostly developing countries that have ratified the Treaty and only the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embraced its principles among the Gulf States. This article studies the copyright system in the Arab Gulf States and examines the state's readiness for the adoption of the Treaty. It argues that without considering the cultural and legal implications that influence disability and visual impairment in these states ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty and amending copyright laws in the Gulf States will not alleviate the “book famine” for VIPs in these countries. This article proposes legal and policy recommendations to promote and facilitate accessibility to published works for VIPs that can be adopted in the Arab Gulf States and other developing countries.

Keywordsaccess to books; Arab Gulf States; author's exceptions to copyright; developing countries; Marrakesh Treaty; print disability
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480399. International and comparative law not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsSharjah University, United Arab Emirates
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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