Right To Read Conference

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
Partially Sighted
     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 pauline.connolly@bl.uk

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