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Copyright guide for Camosun College: Alternate Formats

What are "Alternate Formats"?

Alternate Formats Alternate Formats are different formats (either printed or electric) of primary documents. The goal of Alternate formats is to guarantees an equal access and opportunity to the information for everyone. Providing alternative formats makes content more accessible for everybody, including individuals with a disability. 

Some common alternate formats are:

  • Electronic Text (Word, PDF, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Large Print
  • Closed Captioning
  • Digital Audio (e.g. MP3)
  • Braille

ALLY on D2L

Camosun College has added the tool Ally into our D2L sites. Depending on what the original file format is, Ally will automatically generate the following alternative formats to support you during your program and courses on D2L. 

  • Tagged PDF (e.g. structural elements like headings, bullets, form-fields, etc. are clearly labelled as such)
  • HTML
  • ePub
  • Electronic braille
  • Audio (MP3)

Ally can only provide alternative formats for files that have been uploaded into the Course Content; it cannot create alternative formats of content on external websites that are linked from the Content.

These Alternative formats are for your personal use only; you may not copy, post or share the alternative format with others

Legal background of creating alternative formats

Reproduction in alternate format

Copyright Act Canada Section 32 (1) permits making alternative format copies of copyrighted materials (such as Literary, dramatic, artistic and musical works, EXCEPT cinematographic) for individuals of perceptual disabilities. 


 (1) It is not an infringement of copyright for a person with a perceptual disability, for a person acting at the request of such a person or for a non-profit organization acting for the benefit of such a person to

    • (a) reproduce a literary, musical, artistic or dramatic work, other than a cinematographic work, in a format specially designed for persons with a perceptual disability;

    • (a.1) fix a performer’s performance of a literary, musical, artistic or dramatic work, other than a cinematographic work, in a format specially designed for persons with a perceptual disability;

    • (a.2) reproduce a sound recording, or a fixation of a performer’s performance referred to in paragraph (a.1), in a format specially designed for persons with a perceptual disability;

    • (b) translate, adapt or reproduce in sign language a literary or dramatic work, other than a cinematographic work, in a format specially designed for persons with a perceptual disability;

    • (b.1) provide a person with a perceptual disability with, or provide such a person with access to, a work or other subject-matter to which any of paragraphs (a) to (b) applies, in a format specially designed for persons with a perceptual disability, and do any other act that is necessary for that purpose; or

    • (c) perform in public a literary or dramatic work, other than a cinematographic work, in sign language, either live or in a format specially designed for persons with a perceptual disability.

  • Marginal note:Limitation

    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply if the work or other subject-matter is commercially available, within the meaning of paragraph (a) of the definition commercially available in section 2, in a format specially designed to meet the needs of the person with a perceptual disability referred to in that subsection.

Centre For Accessible Learning

For Students

The Centre for Accessible Learning provides a wide range of services and educational accommodations for students with a documented disability, including general anxiety disorder and depression.

For Instructors

Creating an inclusive and accessible learning environment requires the work of the entire college community. The Centre of Accessible Learning provides direct supports to students and is also committed to helping faculty learn more about disability services.


Contact

Phone

  • Lansdowne: 250-370-3312
  • Interurban: 250-370-4049

Email

Further detail: Centre for Accessible Learning