Changes to Australian Copyright Law Increase the Amount of Accessible Information

Australia signed the Marrakesh Treaty, an international agreement that will help an estimated 285 million people worldwide have greater access to books published in accessible formats, in June 2014.

 

Disability advocates in Australia are now celebrating the passage of the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill.

 

This bill removed the final barrier to implementing the Marrakesh Treaty as it removes restrictions on the ability of Australians to import legally-produced audio and braille books without the specific permission from the publishers.


“The Treaty allows organisations that represent print disability communities, in ratified countries, to make accessible copies of works without having to ask permission from the rights-holders. It also permits the cross-border exchange of accessible format books both between organisations and directly from an organisation to an individual,”  said Vision Australia General Manager for Advocacy, Karen Knight.

 

More information is provided on the Vision Australia website.