U.S. Senate Votes to Ratify Marrakesh Treaty benefiting people who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled
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Thursday, June 28, 2018
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National Federation of the Blind
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United States Senate Greenlights Marrakesh Treaty and Implementing Legislation
National Federation of the Blind Applauds Senate VoteWashington, DC (June 28, 2018): The United States Senate today provided its advice and consent for ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. The chamber also approved the treaty's implementing legislation (S. 2559), which will make modest adjustments to US copyright law to fully comply with the treaty.
"For more than six years, the National Federation of the Blind has worked tirelessly toward this historic day for the blind of America and the world," said Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. "We applaud the United States Senate for providing its advice and consent for ratification of the treaty, as well as for passing S. 2559, the 'Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act'. We urge the US House of Representatives to join their Senate colleagues in swiftly passing S. 2559, so that the door to expanded literacy and access to the world's knowledge will be unlocked for millions of blind Americans."
About the National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), headquartered in Baltimore, is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans. Founded in 1940, the NFB consists of affiliates, chapters, and divisions in the fifty states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. The NFB defends the rights of blind people of all ages, and provides information and support to families with blind children, older Americans who are losing vision, and more. We believe in the hopes and dreams of blind people and work together to transform them into reality. Learn more about our many programs and initiatives at nfb.org.
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