Latvia - 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?

Section 19 -Use of a Work of an Author without the Consent of the Author and without Remuneration- of Latvian Copyright Law as amended on 6 December 2007 provides the following:

"(1) Copyright shall not be considered infringed if a work of an author is used without the consent of the author and without remuneration pursuant to the procedures specified by this Law:
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3) a work is reproduced in order that the visually impaired or the hearing-impaired may use it; "

Source: http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/files/39650/12512838073la_copyright2007_en.pdf/la_copyright2007_en.pdf

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

Yes, if an accessible copy does not exist.

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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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