WID Signs on to Amicus Brief in Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org

The World Institute on Disability has signed on to a “friend of the court” brief with the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic (TLPC) at Colorado Law’s Clinical Legal Education Program and a group of disability organizations in a case going to the US Supreme Court, protecting the right to publish accessible versions of state laws when states refuse to do so.
Below is the press release from TLPC, also available as a PDF here:
TLPC Brief Amici Curiae Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org
On October 16, 2019, the TLPC filed a brief of amici curiae in the matter of Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States involving the copyrightability of annotations to state law. The TLPC filed the brief of amici curiae on behalf of print disability advocate organizations American Association of the Deaf-BlindAmerican Council of the BlindBurton Blatt InstituteDisability Rights AdvocatesNational Federation of the BlindWorld Institute on Disability, and individual print researcher and advocate Sina Bahram. The brief addresses concerns about Georgia’s failure to provide its laws to those with print disabilities in accessible forms as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As part of its wider project to promote free and open access to the law, Public.Resource.Org has undertaken to make the law accessible to those with print disabilities. The brief also raises concerns about Georgia’s use of copyright law to quash efforts to provide the accessible information which Georgia has itself failed to provide and underscored that making works accessible to those with disabilities is an uncontroversially non-infringing fair use.
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