[Tall-Corn] FW: [Nfbnet-members-list] National Federation of the Blind Celebrates Ratification of Marrakesh Treaty

Scott Van Gorp svangorp at nfbi.org
Sat Feb 9 14:45:53 UTC 2019

Good Morning Fellow Federationists:
Please see below for exciting news on the Marrakesh Treaty. After a few long
years, our work is finally done! Let's celebrate the fact  that the blind of
Iowa, and of the nation, will soon have access to a much broader array of
published works from many other countries!

Scott Van gorp

Scott Van Gorp, President
National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
Phone: 515-720-5282
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we work together to help blind people live the lives they want.

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Subject: [Nfbnet-members-list] National Federation of the Blind Celebrates
Ratification of Marrakesh Treaty


National Federation of the Blind Celebrates Ratification of Marrakesh Treaty

Geneva, Switzerland (February 8, 2019): Today, the United States government
formalized its ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty by depositing the US
instrument of ratification with the World Intellectual Property Organization
(WIPO). This action begins a ninety-day waiting period, after which the
treaty will officially be in force as US policy, throwing open the doors to
expanded literacy for the blind of America and the world.

"The National Federation of the Blind seeks the removal of all artificial or
unnecessary barriers to access to knowledge by the blind," said Mark
Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. "That is why
we championed the Marrakesh Treaty and fought for its signing and
ratification by the United States. Today's deposit of the US ratification
instrument represents the culmination of that effort, but even more
importantly, it represents greater access to the world's literature and
knowledge for blind people in America and across the world. We are therefore
pleased to celebrate this historic moment with our blind brothers and
sisters everywhere."

Read more regarding the Marrakesh Treaty in the following articles:

Marrakesh Express Rolling

US House of Representatives Passes Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

United States Senate Greenlights Marrakesh Treaty and Implementing

Senate Committee Votes to Advance Marrakesh

The National Federation of the Blind Applauds the Introduction of
Legislation Implementing the Marrakesh


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>.


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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