Oct 04

Session Proposal: Accessibility & unintended consequences of IP law

Hi everyone,

I wonder if there is a discussion to be had concerning intellectual property law and accessibility. The thought is prompted by a tweet I saw last night, concerning this article: “Guy Creates Open Source Free Font for Dyslexic Readers; Gets Copyright Cease and Desist Threat”. (More information about the font may be obtained here.) I suppose the issue is that there is a tension between trying to profit from providing services and digital items that meet accessibility needs, and broader movements in open access and creative commons type modifications and adaptations. I have no grounding in legal issues whatsoever, but perhaps there might be folks wishing to explore this terrain? What guidelines exist to help creators avoid falling into legal IP trouble?


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