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[d@DCC] Fwd: Government improving access to copyright material for visually impaired and print-disabled Canadians

From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ c11.ca>
To: "General Copyright Discussions (questions, organizing, etc)" <discuss (at) list.digital-copyright.ca>
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:07:03 -0400
References: <LYRIS-2645753-858359-2016.03.24-12.16.01--russellmcormond#gmail.com@synergis.ic.gc.ca>

I haven't read the bill yet, but wanted to forward announcement.

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From: "ISED Info-ISDE Info" <ic.isedinfo-isdeinfo.ic@canada.ca>
Date: Mar 24, 2016 1:09 PM
Subject: Government improving access to copyright material for visually
impaired and print-disabled Canadians

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> View this document on news.gc.ca.
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> Government improving access to copyright material for visually impaired
and print-disabled Canadians
>
> March 24, 2016 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Canada
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> The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and
Economic Development, today tabled legislation that will help ensure
greater access to reading material for print-disabled Canadians.
>
> Once passed, the Act to Amend the Copyright Act (access to copyrighted
works or other subject-matter for persons with perceptual disabilities)
will allow Canada to be among the first group of countries to join the
Marrakesh Treaty, helping to bring the Treaty into force and to open up the
exchange of print material around the world in a variety of languages. The
Act will also enable schools, libraries and charitable organizations to
support the education and employment of people with disabilities.
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> More than 800,000 Canadians have a visual impairment. Close to 3 million
Canadians are print-disabled, which means that they have an impairment
related to comprehension (e.g. autism) or the inability to hold or
manipulate a book (e.g. Parkinson's disease). It is estimated that only 5
to 7 percent of published works are accessible to these individuals.
>
> Around the world, people with disabilities do not have sufficient access
to information in accessible formats. Weak market supply and an
international patchwork of intellectual property laws make it difficult to
import or export accessible works. The Marrakesh Treaty was negotiated to
address both challenges.
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> In order to join the Treaty, Canada needs to make amendments to the
Copyright Act, including:
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> making exceptions for large-print books;
> allowing exports, regardless of the author's nationality; and
> creating greater flexibility to circumvent "digital locks" in order to
assist persons with print disabilities.
> Quotes
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>> "I am honoured to join my colleagues to introduce this important
legislation. This action is long overdue and is an important step toward
ensuring inclusive growth and greater opportunity for all Canadians,
particularly Canadians with print disabilities. For too long, technological
limitations, limited supply and international intellectual property laws
have prevented print-disabled people around the globe from being able to
access much of the world's available print material and from reaching their
full potential. This legislation is an important step toward addressing
this challenge."
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>> – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and
Economic Development
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>> "Ensuring greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with
disabilities in their communities and workplace is a priority for our
government. This new legislation will take an essential step in breaking
down one more barrier for Canadians with disabilities by allowing greater
access to reading material, especially in our schools and libraries."
>>
>> – The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister for Sport and Persons with
Disabilities
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>> "I am proud that the Government of Canada took an important step today
to improve global access to print material for persons who are visually
impaired or have a print disability. Supporting this initiative is a
shining example of how we can improve Canadians' quality of life and
enhance social cohesion."
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>> – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
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> Quick facts
> The Marrakesh Treaty is an international treaty administered by the World
Intellectual Property Organization that was adopted in Marrakesh in 2013.
> It establishes standardized exemptions to copyright laws, allowing people
to produce copyright-protected works in accessible formats and to import or
export them.
> Once 20 countries have joined, the Marrakesh Treaty will come into force.
As of March 24, 2016, 15 countries have ratified or acceded to the Treaty.
> Related Products
> Backgrounder: The Marrakesh Treaty
> Frequently Asked Questions
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> Follow the Minister on Twitter: @MinisterISED
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> Contact
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> Media Relations
> Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
> 343-291-1777
> ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca
>
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