Fascinating Meeting at the Copyright Office

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Last Friday I spent almost two and a half hours in a wide-ranging conversation with Maria Pallante of the Copyright Office (and two other folks whose full names I didn't write down). I would characterize the atmosphere as one of informed and intelligent skepticism on the part of the Copyright Office, with many questions exploring different positions. copyright exemption for serving the print disabled is commonly called the Chafee Amendment: Section 121 of copyright law.

What is in the Treaty of Marrakesh?

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First, it makes creating a national domestic copyright exception an obligation of countries that ratify the Treaty. Second, the Treaty allows for easier import and export of accessible versions of books and other copyrighted works. So, this means books, periodicals and other similar textual works, including audio versions of those titles. It covers music in the form of sheet music, but not audio or videos of performances.

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Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

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The Missive Just as I was leaving for Geneva from California, attendees received an email from Alicia Wise of Elsevier, advocating on behalf of the rightsholders for support from attendees for a particular approach to implementing Marrakesh that the publishers especially favor, to provide incentives for publishers to sign off on collective licenses to ease cross-border transfer of copyrighted accessible files. One of the reasons I started the Beneblog more than ten years ago (!)

Commercial Availability: The Poison Pill for Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

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That’s the lobbying position of some companies in the intellectual property field when implementing the new Marrakesh Copyright Treaty. Libraries for people who are blind or dyslexic are the primary source of accessible books in audio, large print or braille. Our experience successfully building Bookshare under the United States copyright exception, which has no such commercial availability limitation, informs this strong opinion. If you can buy a book, you can’t borrow it.

Why Your Country Should Ratify the Marrakesh Treaty

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This historic international copyright exception treaty paves the way for a future in which people who cannot read regular printed materials can have equal access to books, regardless of where they live. The World Blind Union's Right to Read Campaign estimates that less than ten percent of all books published are available in accessible formats such as braille, large print, and audio talking books.

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The Struggle for Book Access (Blog Post #1)

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Unfortunately, it’s too late for the authors to make much headway on their argument, which is that allowing purchasers of ebooks to have them read aloud by synthetic speech trespasses on the audio rights for their books. Amazon isn’t distributing an audio book: it’s distributing a text ebook (which they have the rights to do so and authors get compensated for, one assumes). Tags: Kindle Kindle2 Authors Guild copyfight copyright blind amazon.com NFB

Poisoning the Treaty for the Blind

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I feel quite strongly about this because of how well a balanced copyright law can work, and does work, right here in the United States. Our Bookshare library is allowed to scan just about any book needed by a person who is blind or print-disabled: we now have 190,000 of the most in-demand books and textbooks needed in accessible forms like braille, large print, and audio output. Congress to gut our model copyright exception.

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Accessible eBooks for Equal Opportunity

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A significant factor in this gap has traditionally been a lack of complete and timely access to educational materials in alternate formats (like Braille, audio or magnified text) that suit readers with disabilities who cannot use standard print – such as those who are blind, cannot physically turn the pages of a book, or have learning disabilities like dyslexia. All e-books should have an audio capacity, using whatever smartphone or music playing device a person has in their pocket.

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will keep you on the safe side of copyright law internationally. ??Pod is safe for using as long as you give credit to the artist at some point during the podcast and offer the audio for free. Beaconfire Survey: Favorite YouTube videos privacy policy | sitemap copyright 2009, beaconfire consulting

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Big Meeting on the Treaty this Week!

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The goal of the Treaty is to make a copyright exception for the blind and other people with disabilities that stop them from reading print, and to make import and export of accessible content legal. As the operators of Bookshare in the USA, which was made possible through a great exception in our copyright law here, we would love to make all of our books available to people with qualifying disabilities around the world.

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Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

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It was again a grant from the Lavelle Fund (our third) that allowed us to develop the ability to provide accessible MP3 audio versions of our materials and realize the enormous potential impact of mobile reading options for individuals with print disabilities. DAISY Audio and MP3 formats offer Bookshare members more choices to read on the go In this case, we upgraded the Bookshare website to allow direct downloads of accessible MP3 files for a small number of Bookshare ebooks.

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Advancing Reading Equality with Bookshare’s Exponential Growth

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I’m thrilled to share with you some of the recent amazing impact of Bookshare , a Benetech Global Literacy initiative and the largest accessible online library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities. Bookshare also provides free reading technologies and apps for members to read the books they want in a variety of formats, including DAISY Text, DAISY Audio, Braille Ready Format, and MP3, on the device of their choice.

Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

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With a press of a virtual button, an ebook can be printed, displayed in large print (on a page or on a display), made into braille (on a page or on an electronic braille display), or read aloud as audio. I believe it is a combination of copyright exceptions and business model innovations. For the content of books, this flexibility is expressed in ideas like public domain, when the copyright owned by the author or publisher ends at some point.

Towards Global Access for the Print Disabled

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A Policy Update from an engineer, Jim Fruchterman of Benetech June 8, 2010 The international copyright negotiations in Geneva around a proposed Treaty for the Visually Impaired (“TVI”) have been steadily heating up. A definition of formats that includes Braille, audio and digital text, but excludes large print and video. A definition of formats that includes Braille, audio and digital text as well as large print. is an essential player in any global copyright action.

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Creative Commons is a charity that champions reduced restrictions on copyrighted work by creating licenses that make it clear how material can be used, changed, and shared. Creative Commons has devised a set of six free and easy-to-use copyright licenses. Creative Commons basically provides a free and standardized legal infrastructure that joins up the free flow of online information with traditional copyright laws that were devised in an earlier age.

Benetech: the Equilibrium Change Machine

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Before Benetech was founded, blind people were read to either in person by a family member, volunteer, or paid reader, or via audio cassette tape. Third, we pioneered a novel interpretation of the copyright exception for serving people with disabilities that is built into the basic law of the United States. But, to make that happen, we need to recreate the favorable copyright policy environment we enjoy in the United States. It makes a copyright exception like the U.S.

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How to Build an Online Learning Program with a Limited Budget

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However, the video and audio quality has to be good enough to not distract from the learning experience. If your association doesn’t hold the copyright to these materials, make sure you get the copyright owner’s permission to publish. And, beware, the author is not always the copyright owner. In many cases, the publisher is the copyright owner—make sure you ask the right person. It’s frustrating when you’re the only one in your office who can see the future.

Leveraging Impact through Technology (LIT)

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These will enable educators to easily assign accessible books to students, and allow students to access these materials – available in mp3 and DAISY audio – on multiple devices of their choosing, whether at home, on the move, or at school. Bookshare is allowed to serve only students with a legally qualifying print disability per the Chafee Amendment to the Copyright Act. The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is today, December 3rd.

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10X: CEO’s Update: Spring 2014

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The application allows any user to send information—including photos, videos, audio, or text—simply and securely to a Martus account. All of this work helps us support the international effort for full implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty —a global copyright exception model that provides the legal framework for greater sharing of accessible books across national borders. 10X: ten times the impact. That’s what’s been on my mind lately.

Learning Journal: Experimenting With Adding Music to Web Videos

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My (incorrect) perception that non-copyrighted music is crap. Lack of technical skills or software tools in cutting, splicing, fading the audio and weaving it with the video track. I thought that any non-copyrighted music might be hopelessly amateur. Creative Commons and flexible copyright licenses as well as lots of talented musicians who want you to use their work (provided you respect the terms of the license) make it fairly easy to find really good music.

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This Digital Marketing Process Will Make You Write Better Content

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Avoid Copyright Infringement. In Google, you also have the option to filter out copyrighted images under the tools section. Here’s a list of equipment and software I’ve used in the past to create 5-10 minute demo videos: Microphone: Audio-Technica. Creating your own images is a great way to grow your search traffic, build brand awareness, and protects against copyright laws.

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