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Watch Senate hearing on Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act April 18

Watch the hearing on the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act on April 18th at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern)

There was a time when I thought the Marrakesh Treaty to increase access to information for people with print disabilities would never make its way to the Senate.

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The Senate Foreign Relation Committee will hold a hearing on the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act on April 18th at 10 a.m. (Eastern). Photo: Dirksen Senate Office Building

Marrakesh is an international treaty after all, and Congress tends to shy away from treaty ratifications. After all, this is the United States, and we don’t need an international body to tell us what to do. (The threat of the loss of sovereignty was the argument when the Senate rejected the treaty that proposed to place a ban on discrimination of disabled people, even after retired Senator Bob Dole, frail and confined to a wheelchair came to the Senate imploring them to do so.) Could this be treaty be different? When the Senate does not ratify the American Convention on Human Rights, does a treaty about advancing opportunities for persons with prints disabilities have a chance?   

We will get a good idea the Senate Foreign Relation Committee holds a hearing on the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S.2559) on April 18th at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern). You can watch the live proceedings and hear the testimony from the Library Copyright Alliance. Here’s to keeping our fingers crossed!   

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Carrie Russell

Carrie Russell is the director of the Program on Public Access to Information in the Washington Office. Her portfolio includes copyright, international copyright, accessibility, e-books, and other public policy issues. She has an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MA in media arts from the University of Arizona.

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