Campaigns and activities
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?
Article 41 in Chapter 5 -The Free Use of the Work and Other Limitations to the Copyright- of the Hungarian Act No LXXVI of 1999 on Copyright as consolidated in January 2007 provides the following:
"(1) Any non commercial use of a work shall be free if the purpose of the use is to meet demands of disabled persons that are directly related to the disability and it does not exceed the extent justified by the purpose, shall be free."
There is no restriction on who can make accessible copies of books.
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?)
Use must not conflict with the normal exploitation of the work or unreasonably prejudice the legitimate interests of the author, and it must be in compliance with the requirements of fairness and not designed for a purpose incompatible with the intention of free use. Also, the provisions relating to free use shall not be interpreted in an extensive manner.