The Case for Copyright Exceptions and Fair Use

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For on January 17, 1984, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that consumers could tape their favorite TV shows and watch them later without the copyright holder’s consent. Such action, the Court decided, didn’t constitute copyright infringement because it was fair use , that is, a limitation and exception to the exclusive rights granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. copyright law.

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. Many thanks to all our financial and programmatic partners, collaborators and supporters, volunteers, and, of course, to Betsy Beaumon, General Manager and Vice President of the Benetech Global Literacy Program, and the entire Global Literacy team!


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Fair Use Victory Advances a Future of Accessibility for All

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HathiTrust, a unanimous three-judge panel concluded that digitizing books in order to enhance research and provide access to individuals with print disabilities is lawful on the grounds of fair use —that is, a limitation and exception to the exclusive rights granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work ( Section 107 of the U.S. copyright law). In September 2011, the Authors Guild sued the HathiTrust, alleging massive copyright violations.

Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

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Even though Benetech doesn’t have donor funding for this, our VP of Global Literacy, Betsy Beaumon, and I thought it would be worthwhile to attend this meeting. Getting some kind of licensing deal is critically important, because it will take many years for the Marrakesh Treaty to be fully implemented with its copyright exceptions. In particular, they wanted the group to endorse that a copyright exception under Marrakesh exclude works that are commercially available.

Bookshare without Borders: #1/3

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Bookshare , our flagship literacy program, is the world’s largest accessible library and currently serves more than 230,000 members with visual and learning disabilities. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, as literacy remains an elusive dream for the majority of the world’s people with print disabilities. Benetech is on a mission to make information accessible and affordable for all individuals with print disabilities who could benefit from our innovative literacy solutions.

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Mobilizing Impact at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

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Through this three-year project—made possible with support from the Lavelle Fund for the Blind as well as India’s adoption of a new copyright exception for people with print disabilities —we will pilot Bookshare International at scale in India. You can read more about how this project will create lasting impact in India in a blog post by Betsy Beaumon , VP and General Manager of our Global Literacy Program. “Mobilizing for Impact.”

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

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Literacy and access to knowledge underpins just about every social good, from education, to economic development, to health, to women’s empowerment, democracy and respect for human rights. 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.

Bookshare Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary at Google

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They also demoed Read2Go, the accessible ebook application for the Apple OS and Route 66 Literacy, Benetech’s online literacy instructional program. copyright law. Bookshare, Benetech’s pioneering digital library for people with print disabilities, celebrated its 10th birthday last night with a terrific party that was attended by many of our long-time friends and supporters.

I Need a Good Lawyer

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We’re operating at the forefront of copyright limitations and exceptions, both in the United States and globally. But, I expect that 75% of the job will be about analyzing the legal issues from our programs, especially in our Global Literacy Program, which includes Bookshare, the largest digital library for the blind and dyslexic in the U.S., No, we’re not being sued (and we want to keep it that way).

President’s Update: Fall 2013

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Highlights of this Update: Global Literacy Human Rights Benetech Labs Communications Global Literacy Bookshare celebrated a double milestone this summer, reaching over 200,000 available titles in our collection and serving over 250,000 members with disabilities!

Leveraging Impact through Technology (LIT)

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Of course, accessibility is right up Benetech’s alley and the focus of our Literacy program. 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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Benetech: President's Update

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And we’re busy discussing with educators and publishers how we can bring Bookshare-style accessible content to the ten times as many students who could benefit from talking books but don’t qualify under the very limited copyright exemption. Literacy, human rights and the environment are critically important to the future of humanity. Benetech President's Update Winter 2011 I’m pleased to provide you you a detailed update on Benetech for the first time in two years.

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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Going to Davos to Redesign the Planet

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In general, we have patents and copyrights and trade secrets as commercial objects because we as a society think that it helps bring the benefits of new creations to everyone. What about literacy and education? My latest post on HuffPo is now up: Going to Davos to Redesign the Planet , about my proposal to the WEF's Global Redesign Initiative. I've included the post below, but comments are best done on the HuffPo site above.

A Social Publishing Strategy by John Gautam, Pratham Books

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The first part of the problem is that India still has low literacy rates - the 2009 Annual Status of Education Report shows that between classes 1 to 8 only around 40% of children can read a class 2 level text in their own language and an even lower 23% of children can ready easy sentences in English - sentences of the kind "What is your name?" Blog : A resource which talks about publishing, reading, literacy, kidlit, learning, non-profits, events and more.

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Building the Tech Capacity of Nonprofits Everywhere with TechSoup's NetSquared Events

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Reform Copyright. Nairobi, Kenya: NetSquared Kenya Women and Web Literacy Program 2016 – 17. Every day, American nonprofits, charities, and libraries rely on TechSoup's product donation program for the information they need to make smart decisions about technology. But did you know that our work is global?

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ASU Lodestar Center Blog: Research Friday: What It Takes to Lead.

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The study reveals that current leaders in the local nonprofit sector believe the skills most needed in the nonprofit workforce are financial literacy, communication (verbal and writing skills), knowledge of laws pertaining to the nonprofit sector, information technology, volunteer management, and donor cultivation. We too dersire more instruction on financial literacy.

One Web. For All.


For All. -- is all about digital inclusion, digital literacy, and working to close the many digital divides we face in our global society. We have partnered with Mozilla Service Week , which is September 14-21, to inspire our folks to organize digital literacy trainings and other efforts that help connect marginalized communities to online resources and build the corps of technology volunteers. Nathaniel James, OneWebDay.

Remix This Power Point!

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There is so much I'm learning from educators about this, including some of the comments I culled from the Chat from yesterday's Extension webinar: In our 4H Youth Development work, copyright has been a big issue, but this step 8 opens up some things. Youth trying to learn new art mediums, they often incorrectly use copyrighted works.they create a derivative work.a enhanced cultural and technical literacy, not just an ability to reuse materials, but a willingness to do so.

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