Enhanced Disability Exception to Copyright
By ucylcjh, on 10 April 2014
This is one of the more exciting changes included in the updating of exceptions to copyright, which have been proposed by the Government. If all goes to plan it should come into force on 1st June 2014, along with the other changes. The existing exception (which stands to be replaced) permits the making of accessible copies solely for persons with visual impairments. This allows for example large print copies, conversion into braille and audio versions. Currently there is nothing to permit copying into a format to assist people with any issues other than visual impairment, such as dyslexia.
The updated version, as published by the IPO, will allow us to make an accessible copy to give a person with any type of disability better access to copyright material. So that if a person with mobility issues would benefit from an accessible copy, we would be allowed to produce that copy for them.
The other major advantage of the new exception is that it now covers all published copyright works, regardless of the format of the original work. If an accessible version of a film or a sound recording were required then we can now make it. There are still some checks and record keeping which must be maintained when using the exception but there is little doubt it will be a big improvement. For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Holland, Copyright Support Officer