Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
1 minute read
11 Sep 2021
7:50 am

Blind SA heads to court in a fight against little access to reading matter for visually impaired

Bernadette Wicks

The Copyright Act Amendment Bill currently with parliament proposes changes to the Act, among them the introduction of section 19D which provides for access.

offugo reading glasses. Picture: Supplied

Under the apartheid-era Copyright Act, it’s pratically impossible for people with visual and print disabilities to get accessible versions of published works without falling foul of the law. But a case set to come before the High Court in Johannesburg this month seeks to finally change that. Earlier this year, Blind SA launched a legal challenge to the Act on the basis that it does not provide for people with these types of disabilities to access protected books and other reading material in, for example, braille. The case has now been set down for later this month. With works not...