Thursday, 23 October 2014

United Arab Emirates sign up for more copyright treaties

The United Arab Emirates have been busily upgrading their copyright commitments. Only a couple of months ago we reported that the UAE had renewed its Berne Convention relaxations (here). But now the Emirates have opted to sign up for WIPO's two most recent international copyright treaties.

First, by Beijing Notification No. 6 we are informed that the UAE has deposited its instrument of accession to the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (the date of entry into force of this Treaty remains unknown but will be notified when the required number of ratifications or accessions is reached in accordance with Article 26 of that Treaty). Further, by Marrakesh Notification No. 3 we learn that a similar commitment has been made with regard to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled -- the commencement date for which is also uncertain, depending on receipt of the required number of ratifications or accessions under with Article 18 of that Treaty.

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