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I have a copyright question that has stemmed from another listserv.

It involves making a large print copy (using a copy machine) from a regular print 
copy for a visually impaired student.

I stated that you might be able to argue fair use, but you really should get 
permission from the publisher. Note: There was a change in the copyright law in 
1996 that now allows "an authorized entity to reproduce or to distribute copies or 
phonorecords of a previously published, nondramatic literary work if such copies or 
phonorecords are reproduced or distributed in specialized formats exclusively for 
use by blind or other persons with disabilities." For more information see
This does not include large print, however.

However, another person wrote: My understanding of the copyright laws is that it is 
always permissible to make one copy of any type of media, as long as there is one 
original sitting unused in storage."

Ís this correct? It doesn't sound correct to me. Thanks.  

Elizabeth Hart
Library Technical Assistant
California School for the Blind
Fremont, CA 94536

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