[Athen] The Law and Accessible Texts: Reconciling Civil Rights and Copyrights

Lissner, Scott lissner.2 at osu.edu
Tue Jul 23 05:02:52 PDT 2019

“What has emerged is a hierarchy of legal interests, arrayed under the general heading of the First Amendment and its protection for expression and access to information. Contrary to what some have assumed in the past, the first priority under that heading is accessibility, which consistently trumps the exclusive rights granted by copyright when the two come into conflict.”

The Law and Accessible Texts: Reconciling Civil Rights and Copyrights is a white paper generated by a group of stake holders and experts during the two-day meeting hosted ARL in January 2019. The discussions provided a structure for the paper and guided the research. It examines civil rights laws that require creation and distribution of accessible texts by higher education and research institutions as well as the copyright laws that are sometimes perceived as barriers to providing equitable access. It is noted that the existing copyright framework in the United States supports providing equitable access to information for people with disabilities.


L. Scott Lissner,
The Ohio State University
ADA Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer
Associate, John Glenn School of Public Affairs
Lecturer, Knowlton School of Architecture, Moritz College of Law & Disability Studies

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