Thailand Clears the Legal Hurdles for Accession to the Marrakesh Treaty for the Visually Impaired

The amended Copyright Act (No.4) B.E. 2561 (2018) has been officially published in the Royal Gazette and will go into force 120 days from November 11, 2018.

The act improves wording in order to comply with the Marrakesh Treaty with the intent to accede to the treaty in the near future. 
 
The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled was adopted on June 27, 2013, is in the words of WIPO:
 
“It has a clear humanitarian and social development dimension and its main goal is to create a set of mandatory limitations and exceptions for the benefit of the blind, visually impaired, and otherwise print disabled (VIPs).” – WIPO
 
Its main goal is to increase access to printed materials for the millions of people around the world who are blind or visually impaired.  
 
In recent years Thailand has fully embraced changing the IP landscape to meet international standards in order to woo foreign investment. It is great to see that the government is also improving IP for humanitarian purposes not just economic concerns.

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