The Copyright Act contains special provisions which allow the University to reproduce copyright protected works in an accessible format for a person with a print or intellectual disability.
Copying for a student with a print disability
You may rely on the print disability provisions in the Copyright Act to copy literary or dramatic works, in whole or in part, if the student for whom you are making the copy is:
The copying or communication can be done by the student with the disability or by someone on their behalf.
Copying for a student with an intellectual disability
Intellectual disability is not defined in the Act but could mean a student who has difficulties with thought processes and making judgements, learning, problem solving, remembering information and communicating. If you are unsure if someone has an intellectual disability, you should seek advice in the first instance from a University Disability Adviser within the Student Engagement Unit. An intellectual disability should not be confused with a mental illness.
Students with a print disability
A master (and subsequent copies) can be made of the whole or part of a literary or dramatic work (whether hardcopy or electronic) in any of the following formats for print disabled students:
NOTE: These provisions DO NOT allow for the copying or communication of print music, artistic works (e.g. diagrams, graphs, photographs), unpublished material (e.g. conference papers) or audiovisual material (e.g. DVDs, television programs).
Students with an intellectual disability
A master (and subsequent copies) can be made of
Under Sections 135ZP and 135ZQ, the University can create master copies of works to convert a work into a different format for a student with a print or intellectual disability. Master copies can be kept indefinitely by the University for the purpose of creating works in accessible formats for students with print or intellectual disabilities.
Master copies MUST be reported to CA. A master copy which is not reported to CA is unlicensed and infringes copyright. CA maintains a searchable database of master copies, which can be searched by the University to locate works that might have been created by another University in an alternate format for use by a student with a disability. The catalogue is updated as Masters are reported to CA.
For Master copies, written notice must be given to the Copyright Agency (CA) within 3 months informing them of the reproduction or communication and must include: