Copying for students and staff with disabilities

In June 2014 a significant amendment to the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (CDPA) came into force in UK law which has a major impact on copying for persons with disabilities.

Previously, the law only allowed copying to make accessible copies for the visually impaired. Other disabilities such as dyslexia were not covered. Now, all disabilities are covered. The types of works covered has also been extended and now covers all formats including film, broadcast, video and sound recordings. This means, for example, that it will now be possible for the University to subtitle works for a disabled student or to make accessible copies of book chapters or books. 

There are certain conditions that apply to making of accessible copies. These are:

Copying for staff and students with disabilities under the Copyright Licenceing Agency (CLA) Licence

The University also holds a Higher Education CLA licence which allows an accessible copy of a copyright protected work to be made for staff and students of the University with "any kind of visual, cognitive or other disability recognised in the Disability Discrimination Act". It is limited to Authorised Persons and Licensed Materials as defined by the main CLA licence. 

Under the terms of the CLA licence copying for visually impaired or disabled persons the following conditions must be met:

Any charge for the supply of an accessible copy must not exceed the cost of making and supplying it. Accessible copies do not need to be included on the Digital Copy Record Sheet. 

The Library offers additional services to support persons with disabilities. Information on these services can be found by clicking on this link.