Summary: S.2559 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Public Law No: 115-261 (10/09/2018)

Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends federal copyright law to implement the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh Treaty).

Specifically, it modifies the limitations and exceptions to federal copyright infringement that allow published works to be reproduced and distributed in accessible formats for individuals with print disabilities. The bill:

  • makes such limitations and exceptions applicable only to activities in the United States,
  • broadens the scope of published works that may be reproduced and distributed in accessible formats, and
  • modifies certain terms and definitions to conform with the Marrakesh Treaty.

Additionally, the bill adds a new section to allow published works in accessible formats to be exported and imported for individuals with print disabilities.