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Making Copyright-Protected Work Accessible:

The Law in Jamaica
Less than ten percent of published material is accessible to people who are visually impaired or have low vision, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In observing International Intellectual Property Week, from April 23 to May 2, the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) convened a “Think Tank” on April 23 which considered how to increase access to copyright works among individuals with disabilities. Jamaica’s Copyright Act allows copyright-protected materials to be copied and formats adapted for accessibility among persons who are visually or hearing impaired, although “permission must be sought from the copyright owners. This process… is not always quick or linear,” according to Dr. Marcus Goffe, Deputy Director and Legal Counsel of JIPO, who spoke at the event. Read more about it here.