Bulgaria - Article 30

Copyright

Does your national copyright legislation contain exceptions and other special provisions for people with visual impairment?
Do these exceptions allow for making copy of a book without the publisher's permission?
Do these exceptions allow for scanning books (in particular is an individual with visual impairment allowed to scan a book for him/herself, or does a special organization have to do it?)
Do these exceptions allow for sharing books produced on accessible formats? (in particular is an individual with visual impairment allowed to share with friends books he/she scanned?)
Are there special copyright provisions regarding accessible text books and other educational material?

 

1. Does your national copyright legislation contain exceptions and other special provisions for people with visual impairment?

Article 24 -Permissible Free Use without Payment of Compensation- of the Bulgarian Law on Copyright and Neighbouring Rights No 56/1993 as amended up to law No 77/2002 provides:

"The following shall be permissible without the consent of the copyright holder and without payment of compensation:

9. Reproduction in necessary quantities of already published works by public libraries, schools or other educational establishments, museums and archives with educational or conservation purposes, provided this use will not serve commercial purposes.

10. Reproduction of already disclosed works in Braille or another analogous method, if not done for gainful purposes."

Source: http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/files/30312/11420059783bg_copyright_2003_en.pdf/bg_copyright_2003_en.pdf

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2. Do these exceptions allow for making copy of a book without the publisher's permission?

Yes

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3. Do these exceptions allow for scanning books (in particular is an individual with visual impairment allowed to scan a book for him/herself, or does a special organization have to do it?)

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4. Do these exceptions allow for sharing books produced on accessible formats? (in particular is an individual with visual impairment allowed to share with friends books he/she scanned?)

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5. Are there special copyright provisions regarding accessible text books and other educational material?

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