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Blind people want to 'read' – but the Copyright Act stands in their way

21 April 2022 9:18 AM
Tags:
Blindness
Section27
Braille
Bongani Bingwa
world book day
Blind SA
Copyright Act
visual impairment
Julia Chaskalson
Ntshavheni Netshituni

Bongani Bingwa interviews SECTION27's Julia Chaskalson and Blind SA president Ntshavheni Netshituni.

Saturday, 23 April (the anniversary of the death of Shakespeare) is World Book Day, an annual Unesco event to promote reading, publishing, and copyright.

Blind or visually impaired people will be reminded how hard it is to convert books into formats they can read.

The Copyright Act is unconstitutional and discriminates against people who are blind or visually impaired, argues Blind SA and SECTION27.

The two organisations will put their case before the Constitutional Court in May with a peaceful picket outside.

A blind boy reads braille. © wavebreakmediamicro/123rf.com

Bongani Bingwa interviewed SECTION27 research and advocacy officer Julia Chaskalson and Ntshavheni Netshituni, president of Blind SA (scroll up to listen).

The Copyright Act… is unconstitutional to the extent that it does not give equal access… We have to have the converting right… It is costly… and we have to wait for permission from the copyright holder…

Julia Chaskalson, Research and advocacy officer - SECTION27

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Blind people want to 'read' – but the Copyright Act stands in their way




21 April 2022 9:18 AM
Tags:
Blindness
Section27
Braille
Bongani Bingwa
world book day
Blind SA
Copyright Act
visual impairment
Julia Chaskalson
Ntshavheni Netshituni

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