Subject: Right To Read Conference
From: Judy Watkins (Judy.Watkins@mail.bl.uk )
Date: ma 17 tammi† 2000 - 11:40:50 EET
The Right to Read:
Visually Impaired Readers and the Rights Holders
1 March 2000, OIBIBIO, Amsterdam
The SEDODEL (Secure Document Delivery for Blind and
People) project with the IFLA Section for Libraries for the Blind
holding a conference to deal with copyright issues in relation to
visually impaired people.
In order to read a document a VIP will often have to convert a
textual document into an accessible format such as Braille or large
print. In the past most copyright holders were sympathetic to
requests to transcribe their works, but the process tended to be
cumbersome and time consuming. New technology has made this process
easier for VIPs but at the same time raised numerous concerns about
security, integrity of the document and piracy.
The SEDODEL Consortium has developed a system that will take account
of the rights and obligations of all actors and is interoperable with
access technology such as Braille readers and synthetic speech. On 1
March the system will be demonstrated and delegates will have the
chance to discuss their concerns and ensure their views are taken
into account during further development.
The day will include discussions on philosophical issues including
whether or not there is a right to read. The problems associated
with accessing information will be addressed and solutions such as
licensing and new laws will be discussed. However, in this
increasingly global society national laws, even international
agreements on their own will not be enough to ensure work is
adequately protected. There will be a practical demonstration of the
SEDODEL system that gives a technological guarantee that agreements
will be respected. The working language will be English.
Venue and cost:
The one- day conference will be held at OIBIBIO, Prins Hendrikkade
20-21, 1012 TL Amsterdam (opposite the Amsterdam Central Station).
The conference centre is fully accessible, but please state on the
application form if you require any assistance.
The cost for the day is 50 Euros or £30 sterling. Accompanying
persons can attend free of charge, but they must register with the
person they are accompanying. Please either send a cheque with your
application form or an invoice can be sent. The cost covers lunch and
two refreshment breaks. Please state on the application form if you
have any special dietary requirements.
SEDODEL is sponsored by the European Commission under the Disabled
and Elderly Section of the Telematics Applications Programme. Further
information can be found at http://www.arttic.com/projects/sedodel/
For further information please contact Pauline Connolly, The British
Library Copyright Office, Boston Spa, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23
7BQ. Fax +44 1937 546478. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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