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Copyright @ Solent

Copying for disabilities

The Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002 enables visually impaired people to:

Make or have made copies of copyright material in a format best suited to them without requiring copyright clearance.

Changes to copyright regulations in June 2014 have updated restrictions for accessible copying to include all works and all types of disability (eg dyslexia, dyspraxia or other physical condition that makes the use of print material difficult). 

A single accessible copy of a copyright work can be made by or for a visually impaired, dyslexic or otherwise print-impaired person under the following conditions:

A copy in a suitable format is not already commercially available.

  • The original copy should be a 'lawful' copy owned by the visually impaired person or by the library.
  • The copy must not be placed in a short loan collection.
  • The copy must clearly state that it was made under the provisions of the Act.
  • The source of the copy must be clearly acknowledged.
  • Multiple copies can be made providing a copy is not already commercially available under the Higher Education License.
  • Audio voiceover are now permitted. 
  • Subtitles can now be provided for hearing impairment.

‚ÄčThe Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014 

Both links contains more information.

The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014 (Regulation 2)

Copyright for disabilities - useful website with audio recording.

For information on Alternative Formats see the relevant LibGuide