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.

Reply Comments on the Proposed Treaty for Access to Copyrighted Works

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We filed the following comments to the Copyright Office's request for comments on issues about access for people with print disabilities. December 4, 2009 Benetech’s Reply Comments in response to the Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry and Request for Comments on the Topic of Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind or Other Persons With Disabilities The issue all comes down to human rights vs. money.

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Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at WIPO

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I'm here in Geneva for the 20th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights meeting. This is the international forum for discussing copyright issues, and it is the body considering the Treaty for the Visually Impaired (TVI). I was one of the co-drafters of the treaty language] The U.S.

Language that Works | Beaconfire Wire

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» Language that Works Posted Friday, April 18th, 2008 at 3:55 pm by blehman (3 posts) One of the great challenges of being an IA is that it’s not nearly as much fun as design. What Languages Can Your Bulk Email Tool Speak? NTC Reflections: Confessions of a Twitter Convert Copyright Doesn’t Have to be All or Nothing: Intellectual Property Rights and Creative Commons Yahoo Introduces “Pipes&# privacy policy | sitemap copyright 2009, beaconfire consulting

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. Countries should enact a domestic copyright exception so that Authorized Entities can make accessible copies of Works without getting permission from the rightsholders.

What Languages Can Your Bulk Email Tool Speak? | Beaconfire Wire

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Posted Thursday, March 15th, 2007 at 10:40 am by usha (14 posts) Recently, we had two different clients ask us for assistance in finding mass email tools that have built-in support for multiple languages. If you dabble in the area of internationalization (i18n) in tech tools, then you would agree with me when I say that it is particularly difficult to find a technology solution that can fully support languages like Arabic and Chinese.

The Road to Accessibility without Borders: Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty

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One year ago, on June 28, 2013, at a diplomatic conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, the World Intellectual Property Organization ( WIPO ) agreed on a historic international copyright exception for people with print disabilities. I have previously written about the top issues addressed by the Treaty , but to recap, the Treaty is a wonderful instrument because it requires exceptions for people who are blind or have other print disabilities in national copyright laws.

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. In this post, I hope to convincingly make the case why countries ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty should implement copyright exceptions for people with disabilities which do not have these self-clearing provisions, technically called “commercial availability limitations.” copyright exception, which was one of the inspirations for the Marrakesh Treaty.

Benetech's Statement to the Treaty Delegates in Marrakech

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Our library is made possible both by a domestic copyright exception that makes it possible for us to add any book requested by a blind person to our library, as well as strong cooperation with publishers who provide many of their books directly to our library for free, including the rights to serve people in certain other countries. a11y Marrakech exceptions accessibility print disabilities blind copyright dyslexia SCCR libraries publishing WIPO Reading Rights Coalition commerciality

We Have a Treaty…and It’s Great!

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I’ve been actively advocating for an international copyright exception model that would greatly benefit people with disabilities, as anyone who has read my blog over the years can attest! copyright exception. For starters, it closely follows the Chafee Amendment , which is the copyright exception that has made Bookshare possible in the United States.

Our WIPO Statement on the Treaty for Access for People with Disabilities

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Statement of Benetech to the 22nd Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at the World Intellectual Property Organization June 15, 2011, Geneva, Switzerland • Greetings from California’s Silicon Valley! Now, more than 30,000 current copyrighted books are available globally on Bookshare to thousands of users. • SCCR22 publishers blind copyright copyfight SCCR Authors Guild limitations Bookshare WIPO exceptions

Breakthrough on Global Access at WIPO in Geneva!

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There has been a major breakthrough recently on international copyright negotiations in Geneva around improved access for people who have print disabilities. Answer : • Countries should provide for a copyright exception in their national laws to allow nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities to make accessible versions of inaccessible books and other content • Import and export of such accessible materials shall be permitted 2.

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. The three-step test is part of international copyright law meant to allow countries to reflect their own values in their copyright exceptions. The United States'' copyright exception for the blind is a shining example of something that complies with the three-step test. Congress to gut our model copyright exception.

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Presenting Multilingual Content | Beaconfire Wire

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» Presenting Multilingual Content Posted Thursday, August 7th, 2008 at 10:21 am by Amy Knox (6 posts) It’s no small task to wrangle a website and its resources in one language – let alone multiples. Recently one of our clients asked us to weigh in on the presentation of multi-lingual content on their site – an organization with members around the world that produces publications, trainings and other web-specific content in a number of languages.

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Happy Birthday, Wikipedia! | Beaconfire Wire

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Posted Thursday, January 17th, 2008 at 3:00 pm by John Brian (91 posts) This week, Wikipedia commemorates its seventh birthday : Wikipedia was formally launched on January 15, 2001, as a single English-language edition at www.wikipedia.com, and announced by Sanger on the Nupedia mailing list. It grew to approximately 20,000 articles, and 18 language editions, by the end of 2001.

14 “Tweets” about Twitter | Beaconfire Wire

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Ratify Marrakesh!

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The creation of Bookshare was made possible because of an enlightened copyright law exception. And, that American copyright exception was the inspiration for the Marrakesh Treaty! Because the Marrakesh Treaty was modeled after the Chafee Amendment, as the Section 121 copyright exception is widely known in honor of the senator who proposed it in 1996, only minor changes have been recommended to align U.S. law with the Treaty language.

Google AdWords for Nonprofits: 10 Tips About Keywords - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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60) Search « 51% of Donors Not At All Interested in Social Networks | Main | Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmarks Released » Wednesday Apr 02 2008 Google AdWords for Nonprofits: 10 Tips About Keywords Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 02:51PM | by Caitlin Ochs With a content network that reaches over 75% of unique internet users in more than 20 languages and over 100 countries, Google AdWords can be a powerful marketing tool. Copyright © 2008, Care2.com , Inc.

Bookshare without Borders: #1/3

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We’re grateful to our socially responsible publishing partners who give us world rights to their titles, even though they are not required to do so under international copyright law. The third pillar of Bookshare International is developing new language capabilities. My second blog post in this series will describe how we are growing our Spanish-language program.

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My remarks just made at WIPO today

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Statement of Benetech to the 20th Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at the World Intellectual Property Organization June 23, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland • My nonprofit organization, Benetech, operates Bookshare, the largest online library for people with print disabilities, with the mission of bringing accessible books to all people with print disabilities around the world • We have roughly 100,000 members in the U.S.

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The new site leverages their visual programming language and IDE to build robots that run on the Kapow Mashup Server. Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home links for 2006-12-08 links for 2006-12-08 Last Updated on Friday, 8 December 2006 08:24 Written by Steve Friday, 8 December 2006 08:24 openkapow openkapow, a mashup-focused developer community. Together they turn any web page into a structured data source. Built-in support includes (tags: api web2.0

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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Apex, what it is and how it improves Salesforce.com Apex, what it is and how it improves Salesforce.com Last Updated on Sunday, 30 September 2007 08:22 Written by Steve Sunday, 30 September 2007 08:22 A little over a year ago, Salesforce.com announced the Apex development language. Apex is a language to write procedural code that runs on the Salesforce servers. Language details The language itself is syntactically appealing to me.

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While it uses Salesforce.com-specific language, it’s a great framework for thinking about what you need to make your project successful.

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

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The print book doesn’t work for people who are blind, partially sighted, dyslexic, have physical limitations, people who haven’t learned to read, or people who can’t read the particular language of a specific book is written in. 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.

Making the Book Truly Accessible for All Students

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with a legally qualifying print disability per the Chafee Amendment to the Copyright Act. The International Dyslexia Association calls these students “SEEDS kids,” for “struggling readers, English language learners, economically disadvantaged youth, dyslexia students and specific learning disability students.” Thousands of students with differing learning styles and language requirements can also benefit greatly from accessible books.

Why I’m Scared of the SOPA bill

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We’re against piracy, and have made commitments to authors and publishers to encourage compliance with copyright law. Bookshare is legal in the United States because our copyright lawincludes an exception that allows nonprofit organizations like Benetech to make accessible versions of books for people with print disabilities without requesting permission or paying a royalty. But, when asked if we know whether or not there are “pirated” copyrighted materials, we can’t say.

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Authorized Entities Trusted Intermediaries

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and similar copyright exceptions as a starting point. And, if a copyright holder doubts that your organization meets the requirement in making an accessible copy, they are welcome to file a legal complaint of copyright infringement and make the case. But, the burden of proof is not on the nonprofit agency, it's on the copyright holder making the complaint.

Use TechSoup's Content for Free!

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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. These licenses provide a plain-language, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use creative work — on conditions of the creator's choice.

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. This seems unreasonably modest, when Bookshare alone already has much more favorable voluntary agreements covering 20,000 English language titles and 1,000 Spanish language titles with many of the major U.S. is an essential player in any global copyright action.

Lawsuit over denying access to a student with learning disabilities

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The legal framework for Bookshare is the Section 121 copyright exception in federal copyright law: all Bookshare users must have a disability that qualifies under that section. Under IDEA 2004, the students that are eligible to receive textbooks obtained through the NIMAC must be doubly qualified: they must have an IEP and a disability that qualifies under the Section 121 copyright exception. Students do not have to be blind to qualify under the copyright exception.

Bookshare International’s Viji Dilip Profiled in Magazine

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In underdeveloped countries, the biggest problem we face is that copyright issues have not been addressed by government in the local area," Viji told the magazine. "We Viji has set up partnerships with several noted publishers including Seasons Publishing, based in Chennai, India and Sahitya Akademy which publishes award-winning titles in 15 local languages. The staff I work with at Benetech are committed to the communities that we serve with our technology.

BBC does deal with YouTube - Educational Group on YouTube

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Signs of a progressive attitude towards copyrighted stuff too: "Mr Highfield said the BBC would not be hunting down all BBC-copyrighted clips already. infringed other people's copyright, like sport, or that had been edited or. via Steve Elbows from the Video Bloggers Community: Signed a deal that involves 3 youtube 'channels' of BBC content, one of which. wont be available in the UK due to advertising: full article here.

Delivering Bestsellers to the Bookshare Community

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If we see an error in a book, we can't break the copyright by correcting our digital version. When Bookshare scans a book, the OCR program removes all accent marks from non-English languages. One book I worked on included more than eight languages, including Polish and Hungarian, with some unusual accent marks.

President’s Update: Fall 2013

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Delivering Benetech''s statement to the WIPO diplomatic conference That’s why I’ve been actively advocating for a global copyright exception modeled after the great exception in the United States that made Bookshare possible. This grant will allow us to deliver a set of major enhancements and new language translations for Martus, as well as expanded development and broad deployment of Mobile Martus , our brand new Android-based mobile documentation app.

First trip to China

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I learned a lot about how blind people deal with Chinese: I thought it would be a difficult language to make accessible. In addition, Hong Kong passed a copyright exemption just in the last year, and the leaders in Hong Kong are considering how to utilize this new tool. I'm now on my first-ever trip to mainland China, thanks to the Hadley School for the Blind twentieth anniversary of their China school. It's unusual for a U.S.

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Why I’m Scared of the SOPA Bill by Jim Fruchterman

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We’re against piracy, and have made commitments to authors and publishers to encourage compliance with copyright law. Bookshare is legal in the United States because our copyright law includes an exception that allows nonprofit organizations like Benetech to make accessible versions of books for people with print disabilities without requesting permission or paying a royalty. But, when asked if we know whether or not there are “pirated” copyrighted materials, we can’t say.

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Lame spams of the day: More people sending me money

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Copyright 2011 Online Payment Center, South House, Black Prince Road, US SE1 7SJ. The language in this one is particularly twisted: Sender: Mr Sanusi Lamido (contact2011iniifo@yahoo.com.ph). Even more people want to send me money. Here are a few examples: Sender: Authorize.Net (emailreceipts@authorize.net). Subject: Successful Credit Card Settlement Report. Text: Dear Customer, The following is your Credit Card settlement report for Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

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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. But the English language is complex and basic word processing tools don’t understand the use of passive voice or complex sentence structures. 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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Which is worse I wonder… 7 Mar 2008 juxtaposed I am not sure which language’s grammar rules you are using, but they are not those of any written English Language. Blogroll (C)Systems AVC Beth’s Blog Christine Herron Deborah Elizabeth Finn Donordigital Emily’s World Getting Attention Gift Hub Philanthromedia Social Edge TechSoup © Copyright 2010 See3.

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A Social Publishing Strategy by John Gautam, Pratham Books

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Note from Beth: During my trip to India in February, I was introduced to a nonprofit children's book publisher in India, Pratham Books. “It was set up to fill a gap in the market for good quality, reasonably priced children’s books in a variety of Indian languages. And logical corollary to that, that the books should be in a language the children read. Source: Pratham Books.

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The Ultimate Checklist to Choose a Web Vendor

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In your initial conversations about the aesthetic you’re after, does the agency staff communicate in language that you can understand? Do you have multi-language needs? If so, has the agency worked on other multi-language sites? Who will own the copyrights associated with their work on your web project?