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Re: [d@DCC] Government improving access to copyright material for visually impaired and print-disabled Canadians

From: Keith Rose <kraken.rider _-at-_>
To: "General Copyright Discussions (questions organizing etc)" <discuss (at)>
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:15:21 -0400
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Aside from some minor typographical issues, it appears to be identical to the bill C-65 that the Conservatives tabled last June, which died when Parliament was dissolved.

On Mar 25, 2016, at 12:07 PM, Russell McOrmond <> wrote:

> I haven't read the bill yet, but wanted to forward announcement.
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> From: "ISED Info-ISDE Info" <>
> Date: Mar 24, 2016 1:09 PM
> Subject: Government improving access to copyright material for visually
> impaired and print-disabled Canadians
>> View this document on
>> Government improving access to copyright material for visually impaired
> and print-disabled Canadians
>> March 24, 2016 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development
> Canada
>> The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and
> Economic Development, today tabled legislation that will help ensure
> greater access to reading material for print-disabled Canadians.
>> Once passed, the Act to Amend the Copyright Act (access to copyrighted
> works or other subject-matter for persons with perceptual disabilities)
> will allow Canada to be among the first group of countries to join the
> Marrakesh Treaty, helping to bring the Treaty into force and to open up the
> exchange of print material around the world in a variety of languages. The
> Act will also enable schools, libraries and charitable organizations to
> support the education and employment of people with disabilities.
>> More than 800,000 Canadians have a visual impairment. Close to 3 million
> Canadians are print-disabled, which means that they have an impairment
> related to comprehension (e.g. autism) or the inability to hold or
> manipulate a book (e.g. Parkinson's disease). It is estimated that only 5
> to 7 percent of published works are accessible to these individuals.
>> Around the world, people with disabilities do not have sufficient access
> to information in accessible formats. Weak market supply and an
> international patchwork of intellectual property laws make it difficult to
> import or export accessible works. The Marrakesh Treaty was negotiated to
> address both challenges.
>> In order to join the Treaty, Canada needs to make amendments to the
> Copyright Act, including:
>> making exceptions for large-print books;
>> allowing exports, regardless of the author's nationality; and
>> creating greater flexibility to circumvent "digital locks" in order to
> assist persons with print disabilities.
>> Quotes
>>> "I am honoured to join my colleagues to introduce this important
> legislation. This action is long overdue and is an important step toward
> ensuring inclusive growth and greater opportunity for all Canadians,
> particularly Canadians with print disabilities. For too long, technological
> limitations, limited supply and international intellectual property laws
> have prevented print-disabled people around the globe from being able to
> access much of the world's available print material and from reaching their
> full potential. This legislation is an important step toward addressing
> this challenge."
>>> – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and
> Economic Development
>>> "Ensuring greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with
> disabilities in their communities and workplace is a priority for our
> government. This new legislation will take an essential step in breaking
> down one more barrier for Canadians with disabilities by allowing greater
> access to reading material, especially in our schools and libraries."
>>> – The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister for Sport and Persons with
> Disabilities
>>> "I am proud that the Government of Canada took an important step today
> to improve global access to print material for persons who are visually
> impaired or have a print disability. Supporting this initiative is a
> shining example of how we can improve Canadians' quality of life and
> enhance social cohesion."
>>> – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
>> Quick facts
>> The Marrakesh Treaty is an international treaty administered by the World
> Intellectual Property Organization that was adopted in Marrakesh in 2013.
>> It establishes standardized exemptions to copyright laws, allowing people
> to produce copyright-protected works in accessible formats and to import or
> export them.
>> Once 20 countries have joined, the Marrakesh Treaty will come into force.
> As of March 24, 2016, 15 countries have ratified or acceded to the Treaty.
>> Related Products
>> Backgrounder: The Marrakesh Treaty
>> Frequently Asked Questions
>> Follow the Minister on Twitter: @MinisterISED
>> Contact
>> Media Relations
>> Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
>> 343-291-1777
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