Motion on access to published works for people with print disabilities

11/08/2012
Question Posed To: 
Seanad Eireann

That Seanad Eireann:

recognises the need for persons with print disabilities to have access to published works and to expand the number of published works in accessible formats and to improve access to those works;

recognises the opportunities and challenges for persons with a print disability presented by the development of new information and communication technologies, including technological publishing and communication platforms that are transnational in nature;

notes that national copyright legislation is territorial in nature and, where activity is undertaken across jurisdictions, uncertainty regarding the legality of activity undermines the development and use of new technologies and services that can potentially improve the lives of persons with print disabilities;

recognises that appropriate copyright exceptions and limitations are needed to improve access to published works;

calls on the Government;  

to support the Minister of State for Research and Innovation in participation in the World Intellectual Property Organization negotiations for an international instrument on copyright limitations and exceptions for persons with print disabilities in order to improve access to works protected by copyright for persons with a print disability