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Digital copyright and disability discrimination: from braille books to bookshare

Suzor, N, Harpur, P and Thampapillai, Dilan (2008) Digital copyright and disability discrimination: from braille books to bookshare. Media and Arts Law Review, 13 (1). ISSN 1325-1570

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In Australia, blind people are able to access texts in braille and books on tape, but the demand for these media is decreasing. Blind people today are increasingly reliant on texts in electronic form, and these are much less readily available in Australia. Electronic texts are more portable and less cumbersome than large braille volumes, and are much faster to navigate than audio recordings. However, in Australia it is difficult for blind people to get access to a wide range of electronic texts and there exists no scheme enabling such access. At the same time sighted people are using electronic text and other digital media at an ever-increasing rate. In order to approximate the same level of access as sighted people, blind people require access to accessible electronic versions of all published material. The authors suggest that given the legal imperatives of Australia’s domestic legislation, treaty obligations and social values, that there exists a moral imperative to create a scheme providing blind people with access to digital print media.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID16789, blind people, Braille, books on tape, electronic texts, legal and moral obligation for equal access
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Law
FOR Classification > 1801 Law
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Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2011 05:07
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2011 05:07
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