Re: Enlargements for visually impaired.
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on September 08, 2000 at 06:31:49:
In Reply to: Enlargements for visually impaired. posted by Linda Fee on September 07, 2000 at 19:58:56:
: Could someone tell me if it is legal to enlarge printed material or sheet music (with a photo-copy machine) for the visually impaired. We have two choir members (in our church choir) who are unable to see standard size scores.
Dear Ms. Fee,
There are certain "fair use" provisions in the copyright law. I don't want to have to spend the time to reearch the specifics to see whether what you intend to do comes under those provision.
You have asked if it is illegal. If it is illegal, what you describe would not be a crime. It might not be a "fair use" under the law.
The publisher might grant permission if asked, particuarly under these circumstance.
Photocopying has been a problem for the publishing industry. I is done everyday and there is very little litigation.
I believe a very large law firm was sued for copyright infringement, in great quantity. I don't think there is much law on the problem, it is so hard to enforce.
M. Arthur Auslander
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