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Thailand joins the Marrakesh Treaty – Open the World of Information for Thai Blind More Widely, Enter into force for Thailand on April 28th, 2019

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Thailand joins the Marrakesh Treaty – Open the World of Information for Thai Blind More Widely, Enter into force for Thailand on April 28th, 2019

On January 28th, 2019, the WIPO Director General Francis Gurry received the instrument of accession of Thailand to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate to Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva. Switzerland.

The Deputy minister of Commerce Chutima Bunyaprophasara, the director general of the Department of Intellectual Property Thodsapone Danuputra and the ambassador of Thailand in UN and other organizations in Geneva Sunanta Kangvalkulkij were Thailand representatives on this special occasion.

Consequently, Thailand becomes the 49th member of the Marrakesh Treaty. This treaty is going to enter into force for Thailand on April 28th, 2019. The impact of Thailand’s ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty will support blind, visually impaired and print disabled people in Thailand to access more widely the world of information through published works which are reproduced, adapted or copied to become accessible formats for them.

 

Amendment of Thai law for being member of the Marrakesh Treaty 

As preparing to take part in one of members of the Marrakesh Treaty, Thailand achieved to amend their law relevan to this Treaty. It’s the Copyright Act B.E.2561 Vol.4 revised successfully on November 8th, 2018. After 120 days of announcement on the government gazette, this Act will be able to force in the Kingdom of Thailand since Marche 11th, 2019.

The main content of this latest volume of the Copyright Act amended specially for supporting the Marrakesh Treaty clarifies that reproduction, adaptation and copy of published works for nonprofit distribution is authorized to be occurred by Thai or international non-governmental organizations founded to contribute benefits to persons with visual, hearing, physical, intellectual disabilities, learning disorder or other types of disabilities. Definitely, these actions are excepted to infringe the Copyright Act in order that Thai persons with disabilities have the right to access more information with their accessible formats equally as others in the society.