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Copyright: your legal copying entitlements

It is possible to make single or multiple copies of the whole or part of a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work in a format which is accessible to a student with visual impairment.

In order to make a single accessible copy of the whole or part of a copyright work,

  • the visually impaired person must have lawful possession or use of an original copyright work, i.e. to own, have borrowed from the library or have access to a reference copy; AND
  • the format needed by the visually impaired person must not already be available commercially.       

The copy may be made by the visually impaired person or by someone else on his/her behalf. If any charge is made, it must not exceed the cost of making and supplying the copy. 

The copy must bear an acknowledgement, i.e. details of the author, title, edition etc. and the following statement.

"This is an accessible copy made under the terms of Section 31A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988"

If the University makes an accessible copy for a visually impaired student or member of staff, it is possible for the copy to be returned to the University and stored for later use by another visually impaired person, provided that the conditions as to lawful possession or use set out above continue to be met.

If you need help then please get in touch with our Student Wellbeing and Welfare team. There is much more information on their website.

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