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Who opposes reading for the blind, and why they might win

Sign the petition to support blind reading rights today! The background: ALA has been working with associations like the National Federation of the Blind and the World Blind Union to pass the Treaty of Limitations and Exceptions for Visually Impaired Persons at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since 2008.…


Protect the Right to Read: Sign White House Petition on WIPO Treaty

The American Library Association supports the Treaty for the Blind, a treaty that would allow international book lending to print-disabled people–including those who are blind, have low vision, are dyslexic, have a learning disability or other disability that prevents them from accessing print–by promoting an exception to copyright law. The…

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Hooray for Hollywood? Choosing maximum copyright over justice

I’ll participate on a conference call regarding the  World Intellectual Property Organization Treaty (WIPO) for people with print disabilities next week. As usual, there will be 4-5 representatives from the associations for the blind and US libraries that support the treaty, which would allow greater access to reading material for…

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Technomagic: How new technology can accommodate the print-disabled

Yesterday, I had an excellent opportunity to tune in to an accessibility webinar presented by Clayton Lewis of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the United States Department of Education.  Lewis has been a partner in the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) project.  The GPII is…


FASTR is the new FRPAA

On February 14, 2013 the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) was introduced in both the House and Senate — Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and cosponsor Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Senate bill, S. 350  and Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA) and cosponsors Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)…