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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The visually impaired and print disabled experience widespread barriers in their efforts to gain access to knowledge. These barriers include the shortage of books and other copyrighted works in accessible formats. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has been considering access for the visually impaired and print disabled in recent years as part of its work on copyright limitations and exceptions. In early 2009, in connection with international initiatives, the United States Copyright Office and other federal agencies launched a domestic consultation process to gather information about their experiences with the current U.S. copyright law exemptions allowing the reproduction and distribution of certain copyrighted works for the blind and visually impaired.

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Copyright Exceptions for the Visually Impaired and Print Disabled: International Initiatives to Increase Access to Knowledge