The University of Tasmania is defined as an institution assisting persons with a print disability under the Copyright Act. This means that the University can copy and communicate certain copyright material in an accessible format for students with a print disability under Part VB of the Copyright Act. There are some limitations and conditions and these are discussed below.
Under the Copyright Act a person is defined as having a print disability if they:
Five formats are specified
Works may be in electronic or hardcopy form and may include materials such as published letters, e-mails, articles, novels, poetry, song lyrics, timetables, databases and computer programs.
The statutory licence does not cover artistic or musical works. Artistic works include drawings, photographs, diagrams and maps, as well as paintings, sculptures, sketches, blueprints, plans, and buildings or models of buildings. However, artistic works that are incidental – such as a graph on a page illustrating a point in the accompanying text – can be copied along with the text.
The procedures and processes are more complicated than for standard multiple copying for students. Copying for persons with print disabilities is performed by Student Services and the Library. Academic staff who need to copy documents for a person with a print disability should contact their liaison librarian. A list of the liaison librarians for different subject areas can be accessed on the Liaison Services web page.
Library staff can follow further procedures via the CADA Team Wiki.
Authorised by the University Librarian
26 July, 2011