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Internet audio library eyed for sight-impaired people.

December 17, 2005.
Japan Today.

TOKYO - A government agency plans to have the Copyright Law revised to create an audio library on the Internet in fiscal 2006 for sight-impaired people to listen to CDs and other materials in Braille libraries without permission from copyright holders, agency sources said Saturday.

Braille libraries are currently allowed to make audio reproductions of printed materials for visually impaired people to check out but are not allowed to distribute audio materials via the Internet without the authorization of copyright holders. Because distribution using CDs and cassette tapes can result in hassles such as being waitlisted for desired items when they are popular, sight-impaired people have been calling for a law revision.

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