Visually impaired persons may make, or have made for them, copies of part or the whole of a literary or artistic work in any format required to make the material accessible: e.g. Moon or Braille, digital or audio format, large print. Copies may include navigational aids if required.
Copies must be for the purposes of private study or research and the following conditions also apply:
- a suitable accessible copy should not already be available commercially
- copies may not be sold or transferred to another user (except another visually impaired person who is in lawful possession of the original work)
- copies made under statutory exceptions in the law are for personal use only and may not be used by multiple visually impaired persons within an institution
- copies may not be placed on a network.
- databases and performances of musical works may not be copied under these provisions
- copies must bear the statement for copies made under statutory exceptions.
Statement for accessible copies made under statutory exceptions
"This copy has been made from an original copyright work under Section 31A of the Copyright. Designs and Patents Act 1988, and may not be copied further, sold, transferred or otherwise distributed except as permitted by law or with permission from the copyright owner."