Victory in Second Circuit for people with reading disabilities

Last summer, we told you about my office's amicus brief in the Second Circuit on behalf of 15 leading national disability rights organizations and academic researchers. The case is Authors Guild, Inc. v. Hathitrust, No. 12-4547, and the brief urged the court of appeals to uphold a district court ruling that the HathiTrust's effort to make university library collections accessible to people with print disabilities constituted a non-infringing fair use under copyright law. The brief detailed the efforts of people with disabilities and the federal government to make copyrighted works accessible and describes the role of fair use in harmonizing disability rights law, copyright law, and the Progress Clause of the Constitution. This morning, the Second Circuit affirmed.

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