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Providing material to students with a print disability

Educational institutions can copy (to or from digital or hard copy) and communicate material for the purposes of assisting students with a print disability.


What is a print disability?

A student with a print disability is:

  • a person without sight
  • a person whose sight is severely impaired
  • a personal unable to move or focus their eyes or hold or manipulate books
  • a person with a perceptual disability.

People with dyslexia are included in the definition of 'print disability'. However, slow learners or people learning English as a second language are not.

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What can be copied and/or communicated?

You may make one or more Braille, large print or photographic versions of published literary or dramatic works.

You may also make one or more recordings on 'disc, tape or paper or other device in which sounds are embodied' of a literary or dramatic work.

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What cannot be copied under these provisions?

Anything that can be obtained, after reasonable investigation, in the required format within a reasonable time at an ordinary, commercial price (see the definition of 'commercial availability' in the Glossary).

Commercially produced films and videos. Copies of broadcasts made under the Screenrights licence can, however, be used.

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What marking requirements are there?

Copies made or communicated under these conditions should be marked as follows:

Made by Southern Cross University
under Part VB of the Copyright Act 1968
for the purposes of assisting a student with a print disability.
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The copy should also include appropriate references. The Copyright Agency Limited has a register of master copies made by relevant organisations for the purposes of assisting people with disabilities.

There are also provisions for students with an intellectual disability. Please contact the Copyright Office if you have questions regarding these provisions or if you would like to access the register.