[nFBMI-Talk] Exciting News! US House of Representatives Passes Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act

Kane Brolin kbrolin65 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 12:59:53 UTC 2018

Late this past evening, Chris Danielsen from the National Office sent
the following out to the NFB Members Mailing List.  I will not take
the time to reinvent  all the language that explains what this is, but
it is unbelievably exciting that the United States of America seems on
the verge of ratifying and implementing the Marrakesh Treaty, a huge
step in providing a platform for the affordable, cross-border sharing
of information among and between print-disabled people around the
world.  I don't believe this is completely a done deal yet, but it
appears the USA soon will join countries as diverse as Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Austria, El Salvador, Brazil, Germany, France, North
Korea, South Korea, China, the Russian Federation, and the United
Kingdom--not to mention Canada and Mexico--in supporting the
educational rights and intellectual development of the world's blind.
We must urge President Trump and the U.S. Department of State to act
quickly on their part.

Kind regards,

Kane Brolin

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Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2018 20:41:45 -0500
Subject: [Nfbnet-members-list] US House of Representatives Passes
Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act
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US House of Representatives Passes Marrakesh Treaty Implementation
Act Treaty Now Awaits Presidential Action

Washington, DC (September 25, 2018): The United States House of
Representatives has passed the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act
(S. 2559), which makes modest changes to copyright law that will
bring the United States into compliance with the terms of the
Marrakesh Treaty. The Senate gave its advice and consent to
ratification of the treaty and passed the implementing legislation on June 28.

"For almost a decade now, the National Federation of the Blind, our
partners, and other advocates have worked to bring the Marrakesh
Treaty into being and into force," said Mark A. Riccobono, President
of the National Federation of the Blind. "Today we applaud the United
States House of Representatives for its passage of the Marrakesh
Treaty Implementation Act. We now urge President Trump to sign this
implementing legislation, and to order the State Department to
deposit the instrument of ratification with the World Intellectual
Property Organization as soon as practicable. We are closer than ever
to the day when blind Americans will have greater access to the
world's knowledge, in many of its original languages, than we have
ever had in human history."


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 www.nfb.org<http://www.nfb.org>.
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www.nfb.org The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness
is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day
we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations
create obstacles between blind people and our dreams.

Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
cdanielsen at nfb.org<mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>


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