From Better to Full Access to Works for Print-Disabled Persons

15-10-2009

This briefing note provides a contribution to the "Workshop on Copyright - Tackling orphan works and improving access to works for visually impaired persons", which took place at the Legal Affairs Committee's meeting on 10 November 2009. Works available in a format that blind and visually impaired persons can read represent five per cent of the total amount of books published. In the short term, improving this situation requires both an extensive cooperation with content producers, and an inclusive legislation that allows for cross-border interchange and promotes the implementation of exceptions in the law of the country. In the long term, in order to guarantee full access to information, accessibility needs to be part of the standard publication workflows.

This briefing note provides a contribution to the "Workshop on Copyright - Tackling orphan works and improving access to works for visually impaired persons", which took place at the Legal Affairs Committee's meeting on 10 November 2009. Works available in a format that blind and visually impaired persons can read represent five per cent of the total amount of books published. In the short term, improving this situation requires both an extensive cooperation with content producers, and an inclusive legislation that allows for cross-border interchange and promotes the implementation of exceptions in the law of the country. In the long term, in order to guarantee full access to information, accessibility needs to be part of the standard publication workflows.

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Francisco Javier MARTÍNEZ CALVO (Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles - ONCE, Madrid, Spain)