56-LLM DISSERTATION (FINAL - WITH CORRECTIONS) (SUBMITTED ON 1 NOVEMBER 2012).pdf

Disenfranchised and prejudiced by the lack of

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disenfranchised and prejudiced by the lack of adequate exceptions and limitations in our copyright law. Digital technology has the potential to revolutionise their lives and make information accessible to them which they have never been able to access before. Information and communication technologies encourage access and sharing of information resources. However, current copyright legislation restricts their access to information, for example, by preventing or restricting printed items from being digitised and preventing works from being converted into alternative or more accessible formats, such as Braille for blind persons or more visual or text-based formats for Deaf and other hearing impaired persons. The law also prevents or restricts digitization of material and the creation of and sharing of alternative formats. In addition, DRMs with TPMs, used by rights holders to protect their digital works, ‘nullif[y] copyright exceptions, erecting a technological barrier where no legal barriers exist’. 200 Through DRM controls, rights owners have the power to unilaterally eliminate fair use/fair dealing rights, stifle research and block text-to-speech software for blind people or text sub- titles for deaf people. DRMs can institute differential pricing, using technological control
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  • Law, Hearing impairment, Digital rights management, Treaty, Berne three-step test

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