Amending Chinese copyright law to fulfil obligations under the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to publish works for the print disabled

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Chinese copyright laws have not yet given sufficient consideration to copyright exceptions or limitations to facilitate access to copyright works for persons with a print disability. Now that China has become a signatory party of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, it would be significant if China could amend its copyright laws so as to end the “book famine” for a huge population with a print disability. The objective of this paper is to evaluate the effectiveness of Chinese copyright exceptions for the print disabled and propose amendment options for China's copyright law to ensure compliance with its signatory obligations. To this end, the paper provides an overarching examination of China's copyright exception arrangements for the print disabled, identifies the gap between Chinese copyright laws and the Marrakesh Treaty, and analyses previous proposals on copyright law reform.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1066-1086
Number of pages21
JournalChina Quarterly
Early online date8 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019



  • Chinese copyright laws
  • copyright exceptions and limitations
  • Marrakesh Treaty
  • print disability

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