A Directive and a Regulation published in the Official Journal on 20 September 2017 has set a deadline for implementing the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled.
Member states will be required to transpose the copyright exception into national law by 12 October 2018, a little over a year from now. This will enable the cross-border exchange between members of the Union and third countries of accessible format copies of certain works and in doing so allow people with print disabilities to access books and other print material in formats that are accessible to them.
It is worth noting that the UK will have to comply to this reglementation before leaving the EU.
For the full article as it appeared in the Official Journal: