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NUI Galway

Copyright, Education, and Disability: Past, Present, and Future

  • Galway, Ireland
  • April 4, 2014
  • Venue: Seminar Room THB-G010, National University of Ireland, Galway

A seminar organized jointly by DREAM ( https://www.nuigalway.ie/dream/), DISCIT ( http://www.discit.edu) and the Centre for Disability Law & Policy (NUI Galway) ( https://www.nuigalway.ie/cdlp/). 

Main Speaker:

  • Dr. Eoin O’Dell, Associate Professor of Law, Trinity College & Chair of the Copyright Review Committee of Ireland.


  • Samantha Holman, CEO of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency
  • Abigail Rekas, Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellow
The Centre for Disability Law & Policy is pleased to announce a public seminar on copyright reform in Ireland. The seminar will reflect on the recent Copyright Review Committee report, Modernizing Copyright, and the new World Intellectual Property Organisation Marrakesh Treaty, aimed at creating exceptions and limitations to benefit persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled, as well as easing cross-border transfer of accessible format books. 
Dr. Eoin O'Dell, one of the authors of Modernizing Copyright, will speak on the experiences of academics, students and persons with disabilities dealing with copyright law and practice. It will begin with an overview of the basic principles of copyright, having regard to existing legislation and precedents (copyright past). It will then look at the important current copyright issues - in particular the problems which copyright law poses for people in education and for people with a disability (copyright present). And it will conclude with how these issues might change for the better, if current reform proposals are implemented and if international treaties are implemented (copyright future). 

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