THE UNITED KINGDOM’S COPYRIGHT (VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS) ACT 2002

The United Kingdom’s Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act of 2002 came into force on October 31, 2003, and amended the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (CDPA) of 1988. The Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act of 2002 facilitates the provision of information to the visually disabled. The Act allows for the production of single or multiple accessible copies of ‘a literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic work; or a published edition’ for a visually impaired person without prior consent from the copyright holder(s). It also allows for the transfer of copyright- protected works to a format that is accessible to visually impaired persons, without risking the infringement of copyright laws.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002 and what is the purpose of this act?
What is covered by the Act?
Who is covered by the new law?
Are the CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency) agreement and the Act applicable outside the United Kingdom?
What does the Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Act 2002 permit?

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