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Re: Captioning Open Source Media


From: Moore,Michael (Accessibility) (HHSC)
Date: Feb 24, 2017 8:58AM

Silly question but how is it that captions would violate a copyright but a transcript would not?

Mike Moore
EIR (Electronic Information Resources) Accessibility Coordinator
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Civil Rights Office
(512) 438-3431 (Office)

Making electronic information and services accessible to people with disabilities is everyone's job. I am here to help.

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We take the position here that captioning for an individual student falls under the copyright exception, although we are a public institution and the chances of someone coming after us for captioning something for a disabled student seems to be so small as to not be worried about.
Transcrips for video don't meet our standards because they don't meet WCAG 2.0 AA.

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Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:28 PM
Subject: [WebAIM] Captioning Open Source Media

In working with an 3rd party educational media supplier to caption embedded videos in electronic textbooks that will be used in online courses, I keep running into some of the same questions, which invariably come from experienced professionals who are generally knowledgeable about accessibility guidelines. They just seem to be different interpretation of both copyright and process requirements.

Keeping in mind differences in public and private education, as we are referring to the latter, I'd like verification, suggestions, and a general sanity check on the concepts of "fair use" and "due diligence" related to copyrights in captioning existing media:

1) If the embedded e-book videos are open source, is there even a need to obtain approvals to caption (upload SRT file + transcript) from the publisher and/or content creator?

2) If we are unable to make contact with the content creator, can we legally proceed with media captioning?

3) If we cannot legally access and amend the files, and a transcript the best that we can do, will this suffice to meet accessibility requirements?

Yes, we have already considered options for replacing and updating the e-book.
Thoughts? Suggestions?


Lynn Marie Kelly, MS
Manager, Accessible Design & Technology
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