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Among the 50 countries with copyright exemptions, India’s approach stands out as it is inclusive and non-bureaucratic, catering to the needs of persons with disabilities living in the Global South. India’s Copyright Amendment Act No. 27 of 2012 opened up possibilities for persons with disabilities to gain access to information and to make accessible formats available to them without a license.

Since 2014, an online Braille library provides books in accessible formats and the Copyright Board was established, which is responsible for issuing licenses to those who wish to make works accessible on a profit basis and acts on cases of infringement of the Act. In addition, India was also the first country which has ratified the “Marrakesh Treaty” (to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, 2013).

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