Copyright high court trial 21 September 2021 – 3 September 2021

The current Copyright Act of 1978 forces people who are blind or visually impaired to secure the permission of the copyright holder to translate or convert the publication into a format that is accessible. But copyright holders often reject these requests or ignore this altogether.

People who are blind or visually impaired experience a Book Famine, with less than 0.5% of publications available in accessible formats like braille, audio or ‘daisy’. In many cases, for example in rural or underdeveloped contexts, people who are blind or visually impaired lack any accessibly formatted reading materials altogether.

Copyright Amendment Bill promotes the Bill of Rights – Freedom of expression – non- discrimination of people with disability – right to equal education – Right to language of choice.

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