[Nfbnet-members-list] US House of Representatives Passes Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act

Danielsen, Chris via Nfb-announce nfb-announce at nfbnet.org
Wed Sep 26 01:41:45 UTC 2018


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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