Malawi: embrace the spirit of the Marrakesh Treaty - EIFL, AfLIA, IFLA statement

Leading library organizations call for the removal of a commercial availability test on the making of accessible format copies in Malawi

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TYPE:
Position paper & statement
AUTHOR:
EIFL and IFLA
DATE:
August 2017
DOCUMENT LANGUAGE:
English
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An analysis by EIFL of Malawi’s copyright law, adopted in September 2016, shows the introduction of a commercial availability test - the requirement to check if a work is commercially available before an accessible format copy can be made. Inclusion of this test undermines the objective of the Marrakesh Treaty which is to end the global ‘book famine’ for persons with print disabilities.

Leading library organizations, EIFL, AfLIA (African Library and Information Associations and Institutions) and IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), call on Malawi to embrace the spirit of the Marrakesh Treaty by removing the requirement to undertake a commercial availability test before an accessible format copy can be made.

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Read about EIFL’s work advocating for the Marrakesh Treaty.