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Posts by Blind SA

Copyright Act #4

@SpotlightNSP editor @marcuslowx has struggled to access learning materials for tertiary education. @BlindSA_NGO and SECTION27 are challenging discriminatory & unconstitutional copyright law to #EndTheBookFamine and further the right to education.

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Copyright high court trial 21 September 2021 – 16 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…

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Copyright high court trial 21 September 2021 – 15 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…

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Copyright Act #3

Learners & teachers who are blind or visually impaired struggle to access learning materials & books to fulfil the right to education. It’s time to #EndTheBookFamine now through copyright reform so that all learners can access full libraries! @BlindSA_NGO #BrailleIsNoCrime.

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Copyright Act #2

Former Constitutional Court Justice Zak Yacoob supports the campaign to #EndTheBookFamine for people who are blind or visually impaired. @BlindSA_NGO & @SECTION27news are challenging copyright law in court (21 Sept 2021) to fight for the rights of visually disabled people.

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Copyright high court trial 21 September 2021 – 14 September 2021

We are calling on Government to expedite legislative reform to South Africa’s apartheid era Copyright laws to make sure that we can all access reading materials in a format that we can access. 1978 Copyright Act is unconstitutional – it violates basic human rights of blind and partially sighted people Copyright Amendment Bill promotes blind…

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Copyright Act #1

The current Copyright Act is unconstitutional and discriminatory. @BlindSA_NGO and @SECTION27news are going to court to challenge it on 21 Sept 2021, and to #EndTheBookFamine for people who are blind or visually impaired. #BrailleIsNoCrime #Pass19D

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Copyright high court trial 21 September 2021 – 13 September 2021

To convert an average novel of around 300 pages into braille can take approximately 28 days and would cost around R24,000 to produce the master copy. Very often templates are already available abroad, but due to the fact the old colonial Copyright Act of 1978 still applies which has no copyright exemptions, this results in…

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Copyright high court trial 21 September 2021 – 10 September 2021

We are proud of being a world-renowned democratic African country, but we see no wrong in trampling on rights of the minority on a daily basis. We further cannot claim to be custodians of “batho-pele” and “ubuntu” if we continue to willingly fail to acknowledge and uphold the Constitution and to promote, protect and fulfil…

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Copyright high court trial 21 September 2021 – 9 September 2021

Blind SA reflects on the ways in which the lack of access to reading materials has infringed upon the constitutional rights of people who are blind or partially sighted to equality, dignity, basic and further education, freedom of expression and participation in the cultural life of one’s choice. These rights are interconnected and their realisation…

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