First, the good news.. did you know that the pathbreaking Right to Information Act is available in Braille? Read more about it here.
And secondly, and more importantly, did you know that under the US Copyright Act, we can create audio books for the exclusive use of the blind? I did not know this, and suddenly arrived at this link:
Which states clearly that we can create special format copies for the exclusive use of the blind and these copies must in turn carry copyright that indicates that:
1. The copies are only for the blind.
2. The books cannot be reproduced further and
3. The original copyright notice must be included.
I reproduce from the original Act:
(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, it is not an infringement of copyright for an authorized entity to reproduce or to distribute copies or phonorecords of a previously published, nondramatic literary work if such copies or phonorecords are reproduced or distributed in specialized formats exclusively for use by blind or other persons with disabilities.
(b)(1) Copies or phonorecords to which this section applies shall —
(A) not be reproduced or distributed in a format other than a specialized format exclusively for use by blind or other persons with disabilities;
(B) bear a notice that any further reproduction or distribution in a format other than a specialized format is an infringement; and
(C) include a copyright notice identifying the copyright owner and the date of the original publication.
(2) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to standardized, secure, or norm-referenced tests and related testing material, or to computer programs, except the portions thereof that are in conventional human language (including descriptions of pictorial works) and displayed to users in the ordinary course of using the computer programs.
This opens up a lot of content from the US for our CLABIL project. ONLY, now i will have to have a separate section which is exclusively for the use of the blind, and other print disabled persons will not be able to benefit from it..
But am excited all the same.
PS: For our complete list of Audio Books available for free download, hop over to www.braillecards.org/audio.htm