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. It also underscores just how critical a balanced copyright law is for technology innovation.

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. students with visual impairments, physical disabilities, and severe learning disabilities like dyslexia, but we also serve international members in nearly 50 countries and are working to extend Bookshare’s reach to veterans who need access to books and information.

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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.

10X: CEO’s Update: Spring 2014

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Technology currently serves privileged groups through tools that provide access to education, literacy, health, and justice. Global Literacy Sixth Grader and Bookshare member Kevin Leong with Jim Fruchterman at Benetech''s offices. 10X: ten times the impact.

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.

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. This summer, we will have three students working on Bookshare software for our users underwritten by Google’s Summer of Code program.

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. Today I’m delighted to share the exciting news about the new award we just received from OSEP to build upon Bookshare’s success and significantly improve access for students with disabilities. Free professional development for school districts across the country in order to increase utilization of Bookshare and serve as many students as possible.

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Benetech: President's Update

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The amazing thing about serving 100,000 students right now is that our commitment to the U.S. Department of Education was to serve 100,000 students by the end of our five-year contract in late 2012.

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. But, when asked if we know whether or not there are “pirated” copyrighted materials, we can’t say. Flickr Photo by DonkeyHotey.

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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. Responses from NMI students and alumni reveal that 94% say NMI courses are relevant to their daily work. 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.

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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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