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Tuesday 18 November 2003

Listen to the In Touch for 18 November 2003

COPYRIGHT LAWS UPDATE

Peter spoke to Edward Barrow, a consultant to the Copyright Licensing Agency.

The Copyright Act was implemented on 31 October. A licensing system makes it easier for organisations representing blind and partially-sighted people (eg RNIB, NLB) to make copies of books accessible without permission from the copyright holder each time. Licence holders must report the numbers of copies they make so that the central data base can be updated and copyright holders can keep track of the interest from visually-impaired people in their material. Individuals are also allowed to make an accessible copy of a book which they own for their own use, but they would be infringing the law if they pass the copy to a third party.

CONTACTS

REVEAL
c/o The National Library for the Blind
Far Cromwell Road
Bredbury
Stockport SK6 2SG Telephone: 44 (0)161 355 2000
Fax: 44 (0)161 355 2098
Email: manager@revealweb.org.uk
Central updated database, copyright holders can keep track of the interest from visually-impaired people in their material.

CALIBRE CASSETTE LIBRARY
New Road
Weston Turville
Aylesbury
Bucks HP22 5XQ
Tel: 01296 432 339
Fax: 01296 392 599
Email: enquiries@calibre.org.uk
Registered charity, set up in 1974 to provide a postal lending library service to people who, for whatever reason, cannot read ordinary print books.

COPYRIGHT LICENSING AGENCY (CLA)
90 Tottenham Court Road
London
Tel: 0207 631 5555

RORY BREMNER'S IMPRESSION OF HOME SECRETARY DAVID BLUNKETT

On last week's programme the RNIB debated with Rory Bremner the legitimacy of re-creating David Blunkett's eye movements in an impression of him for the purpose of getting a laugh. Rory Bremner raised the defence of accuracy, and it seemed from last week's programme that many visually impaired people, including the Home Secretary himself were happy about the impression. But the assent was not universal. We heard from Philip and Betty Storey of Huntingdon, both visually impaired. They strongly disagreed with Rory Bremner's impression as they felt it was unnecessary and unkind to make fun of someone with a disability. David Blunket has the condition Nystagmus.

CONTACT

NYSTAGMUS CONTACT

NYSTAGMUS NETWORK
13 Tinsley Close
Claypole
Newark
Nottinghamshire NG23 5BS
Tel: 01636 627 004
Email: info@nystagmusnet.org
UK-based self-help group providing support for adults and children with nystagmus, their parents and teachers and fostering research into the condition.

JUST DOING IT - SCULPTOR CHRIS POLLOCK

Just Doing It returns with a feature about sculptor Chris Pollock, who studied fine art up to degree level at Falmouth College of Art in Cornwall and now works as a sculptor on Merseyside. Whilst still at college, Chris was commissioned to produce two pieces, one for the law courts in Truro, and a site-specific piece, entitled Braille Rail, for the De Pass art gallery in Falmouth itself: a rail carved from ash which leads visually impaired visitors to disabled access facilities for the gallery. Report by Toby Davey.

CONTACTS

FALMOUTH ART GALLERY
Municipal Buildings
The Moor
Falmouth TR11 2RT
Tel: 01326 313863
Fax: 01326 318608
Email : info@falmouthartgallery.com

TECHSHARE

Techshare 2003 is being held at Jury's Inn in Birmingham on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 November. Aimed at professionals working with sight loss and who have an interest in technology, it looks at the barriers preventing people who are blind or partially sighted from using it.

The conference will bring together many of the big players in the field, including Microsoft, the BBC itself and many communications companies, to talk about the latest progress, and to listen to the views of visually impaired people.

There will also be a major debate at the conference on whether, because of the rise of technology, visually impaired people are better or worse off. Peter White will be amongst the debaters, as well as In Touch stalwarts Jane Copsey and Dr Fred Reid, and there's also a representative from the American Foundation of the Blind.

The chairman is Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman.

Richard Orm, the RNIB's assistant director of technology, spoke to Peter White to explain more about the conference.

Tickets, limited numbers left, from the RNIB.
GENERAL CONTACTS

RNIB
105 Judd Street
London WC1 H9NE
Tel: 0845 766 99 99 (UK callers only - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
Tel: 0207 388 1266 (switchboard/overseas callers)
Textphone users call via Typetalk: 0800 51 51 52

HENSHAWS SOCIETY FOR BLIND PEOPLE (HSBP)
John Derby House
88-92 Talbot Road
Old Trafford
Manchester M16 0GS
Tel: 0161 872 1234
Email: info@hsbp.co.uk

THE GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND ASSOCIATION (GDBA)
Burghfield Common
Reading RG7 3YG
Tel: 0870 600 2323

ACTION FOR BLIND PEOPLE
14-16 Verney Road
London SE16 3DZ
Tel: 020 7635 4800

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF THE BLIND AND DISABLED
Central Office
Swinton House
324 Grays Inn Road
London WC1X 8DD
Tel: 020 7837 6103
Fax: 020 7278 0436
Textphone: 020 7837 6103
Registered trade union involved in all issues regarding the employment of blind and disabled people in the UK.

NATIONAL LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND
Far Cromwell Road
Bredbury
Stockport SK6 2SG
Tel: 0161 355 2000
Email: enquiries@nlbuk.org

DIRECTORY ENQUIRIES
Tel: 195
This service is free if you are blind or partially sighted.

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