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Intellectual property [sic] – it’s not about property

I really cannot fathom how anyone would say that the blind are thieves when accessible copies of books are not even available for purchase. Dr. Marc Maurer of the National Federation of the Blind and others remind us: people with disabilities do not want to be treated like second class citizens, expecting special handouts and giveaways. They want to purchase books just like everyone else, but accessible books are not available for sale. This is called “market failure.” In this case, authors or their publishers do not want to invest resources to satisfy a small market. It would not be in their economic interest to do so because they would not recoup costs. Market failure is a signal that an exception to copyright is necessary to fairly meet the information needs of the public.

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Time enough to read

Sign the petition to support blind reading rights today! Those watching early television reruns may have come across a show called The Twilight Zone.  A “teleplay” made during the “golden age” of television, this series was based on strong compelling stories and starred then unknown actors of the time. But…

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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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