How does DAISY Consortium deal with copyright issues

Original Author(s): DAISY team

The DAISY Board does not in any way promote DRM. The Board believes that DRM limits the legitimate use of digital publications by persons who are blind and print disabled. Persons who use Assistive Technology commonly manipulate digital publications in ways that most people without disabilities do not understand. Moving an eBook to a portable device with refreshable braille, or copying it to a hand held device for reading "on the go" are two simple examples of common legitimate usage that are prevented by DRM. From a content management or library perspective, DRM can complicate or make impossible the upgrade of digital collections to new and future technologies.

Copyright laws vary from country to country, and the DAISY Consortium is a truly international association. To support our Member organizations in countries where DRM is absolutely required by law or by the copyright holders, and when no other option would meet those requirements, the DAISY Consortium developed a DRM system called the "Protected Digital Talking Book" (PDTB) specification. Its use is not promoted by the Consortium.

We feel that if a DAISY Consortium Member is explicitly required by the copyright holder and/or the laws of that country to use technological safeguards, then this must be respected.

How does the international and national DAISY book exchange work ?

There are more than 314 million blind and visually impaired persons (VIPs) in the world, 90 per cent of whom live in developing countries. A WIPO survey in 2006 found that fewer than 60 countries have limitations and exceptions clauses written into their copyright laws that make special provision for VIPs, for example digitized DAISY versions of copyrighted texts. Furthermore, because copyright law is "territorial", where they exist, exemptions usually do not cover the import or export of works converted into accessible formats, even between countries with similar rules. Organizations in each country must negotiate licenses with right holders to exchange special formats across borders, or produce their own material, a costly undertaking that severely limits access by VIPs to printed works of all kinds.

Many people tirelessly worked for years on the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled – this treaty will increase the availability of accessible publications worldwide. It was signed in Marrakesh, Morocco, on June 28th, 2013.

The Marrakesh Treaty will come into force once 20 countries ratify it.

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