• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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Non-Discrimination not Copyright Exceptions

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 4:20 PM PDT  
Platinum 1  
This paper will explore the idea that copyright exceptions are an extension of the charitable model of disability and should be replaced with positive accessibility duties akin to the duties born by places of public accommodation. To do this, the presenter will introduce the charitable, social and human rights models of disability and the basics of how copyright exceptions function to enable access to cultural works. The presenter will then explore how the ADA protection ensuring access to public accommodations has been interpreted to exclude access to content. The presenter will then present a policy solution, explaining how the ADA could be amended to include access to cultural content to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to cultural content equally with others.  
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Entertainment & Recreation
  • Media & Publishing
  • Legal
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
This session will discuss alternative approaches to accessible cultural content and applying non-discrimination laws to cultural content protected by copyright.  
Primary Topic
Law, Compliance, and Policy  
Secondary Topics
  • Cognitive & Learning Disabilities
  • Digital Accessibility
Session Type
Journal Track  


  • Abigail Rekas
    University of Galway School of Law

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