Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Improving Accessibility to Copyright Works for Persons with Print Disabilities in Australia and Singapore
Corinne Tan (Nanyang Technological University), Perry Peh, Improving Accessibility to Copyright Works for Persons with Print Disabilities in Australia and Singapore, 52 Int’l Rev. Intell. Prop. & Competition L. 1020 (2021):
Substantial time has passed since countries including Australia and Singapore have ratified the Marrakesh Treaty. In this article, we examine the copyright legislation in both countries and identify gaps as well as areas for reform in each country, so as to improve the access of persons with print disabilities to copyright works. What intermediary organisations assisting such persons in both countries have been doing is considered, in order to assess the realities individuals with print disabilities face in trying to access copyright material. In addition to implementing legislation to accommodate persons with print disabilities, we argue that a variety of approaches including adopting available technologies and forging an inclusive culture will be needed so as to constitute an effective longer term strategy to improve accessibility for such persons.