Digital copyright and disability discrimination: From Braille books to bookshare

Harpur, Paul, Suzor, Nic and Thampapillai, Dylan (2008) Digital copyright and disability discrimination: From Braille books to bookshare. Media and Arts Law Review, 13 1: 1-17.

Author Harpur, Paul
Suzor, Nic
Thampapillai, Dylan
Title Digital copyright and disability discrimination: From Braille books to bookshare
Journal name Media and Arts Law Review
ISSN 1325-1570
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 13
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Place of publication Chatswood, NSW, Australia
Publisher LexisNexis Butterworths
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
180199 Law not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
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.
Keyword Digital
Disability discrimination
Print disability
Technological protection measures
Screen readers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: TC Beirne School of Law Publications
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