Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, has countersigned, jointly with Sophie Cluzel, Secretary of State to the Prime Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, a new decree on the exception to copyright in favour of persons prevented from reading because of a disability. This provision provides new opportunities for not-for-profit organizations that freely distribute and adapt works for the benefit of these audiences. The Ministry of Culture thus confirms its strong and constant commitment to access to books for people with disabilities.

This new legal framework considerably facilitates the international circulation of books and other adapted works for persons with disabilities in the European Union and, beyond that, in all the countries involved in the Marrakesh Treaty. All organizations benefiting from this copyright exception will now be able to exchange adapted documents with their counterparts abroad, or to transmit them directly to readers with disabilities. For the latter, this text opens new access to the cultures and knowledge of third countries, and facilitates exchanges within the Francophone area.

Moreover, this decree eases the procedures allowing organizations to benefit from the exception to copyright. In particular, it facilitates the registration of public libraries in the system, in order to increase access points to adapted works throughout the territory.

Coming in application of Article 81 of the law of 5 September 2018 for the freedom to choose one’s professional future, this decree strengthens the existing legal framework since 2006 and completes the transposition into French law of Directive (EU) 2017/1564 of 13 September 2017, the Marrakesh Treaty, adopted on 27 June 2013 by the World Intellectual Property Organization.