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Re: [d@DCC] Government improving access to copyright material for visually impaired and print-disabled Canadians
From: Keith Rose <kraken.rider _-at-_ gmail.com>
Aside from some minor typographical issues, it appears to be identical to the bill C-65 that the Conservatives tabled last June, which died when Parliament was dissolved. On Mar 25, 2016, at 12:07 PM, Russell McOrmond <email@example.com> wrote: > I haven't read the bill yet, but wanted to forward announcement. > > ---------- Forwarded message ---------- > From: "ISED Info-ISDE Info" <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Date: Mar 24, 2016 1:09 PM > Subject: Government improving access to copyright material for visually > impaired and print-disabled Canadians > >> >> >> View this document on news.gc.ca. >> >> Government improving access to copyright material for visually impaired > and print-disabled Canadians >> >> March 24, 2016 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development > Canada >> >> 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. >> >> 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. >> >> In order to join the Treaty, Canada needs to make amendments to the > Copyright Act, including: >> >> 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 >>> >>> "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." >>> >>> – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and > Economic Development >>> >>> "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 >>> >>> "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." >>> >>> – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage >> >> 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 >> >> Follow the Minister on Twitter: @MinisterISED >> >> Contact >> >> Media Relations >> Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada >> 343-291-1777 >> email@example.com >> >> ________________________________ > _______________________________________________ > Discuss mailing list > Discuss@list.digital-copyright.ca > http://list.digital-copyright.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss _______________________________________________ Discuss mailing list Discuss@list.digital-copyright.ca http://list.digital-copyright.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
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