The Directive and Regulation were published in the Official Journal on 20 September 2017. The deadline for Member States to transpose the Directive into national law ended on 11 October 2018. The Regulation entered into application on the 12 October 2018.
The Directive on certain permitted uses of certain works and other subject matter protected by copyright and related rights for the benefit of persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled establishes a mandatory exception to copyright and related rights.
All language version of the Directive are available in EUR-Lex.
The Regulation provides for a copyright exception that permits the cross-border exchange of accessible format copies of certain works and subject matter that are ordinarily protected by copyright and related rights. This is for the benefit of persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled. The regulation will permit the cross-border exchange of copies made under the exception between the EU and third countries that are parties to the Treaty.
All language versions of the Regulation are available in EUR-Lex.