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Senator Harkin calls for access to copyrighted works for print disabled

Last week, Senator Harkin (D-IA) wrote a letter to President Obama to express his support for a “…international treaty to expand access to copyrighted information for people with disabilities around the world.” In his letter, Senator Harkin explains, Blind people and others with print disabilities now face daunting challenges in…

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Copyright Limitations for Print Disabled discussed at WIPO

OITP with the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) coordinates US library participation at the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as a Non-governmental body (NGO).  At the 23rd meeting of the SCCR, Lori Driscoll represented the LCA and provided this report. Report…

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National Federation of the Blind and US Department of Education Remind Libraries That Digital Information Must be Accessible to People with Print Disabilities

Digital information represents an opportunity for blind people and others who cannot read print to have equal access to the vast amount of information available through the nation’s libraries. Equal access is possible, but it does not happen automatically. The ALA adopted a resolution encouraging libraries to make sure their…

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Guest Blog: Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure will break down barriers for patrons with disabilities

Libraries and other public access points (PAPs) are part of the rapid expansion of information technology in daily life. For the many people who do not have their own computers or Internet access, these institutions provide a portal into that world. As more information moves online, card catalogs and other…

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