Paul Harpur, Senior Lecturer with School of Law, University of Queensland, Australia and BBI International Distinguished Fellow draws from his monograph and personal experience to speak on the HathiTrust

May 25, 2017

Dr. Paul Harpur, International Distinguished Fellow with the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and Senior Lecturer with the School of Law, University of Queensland, Australia, draws from his latest monograph, “Discrimination, Copyright and Equality: Opening the E-Book for the Print Disabled” (2017) Cambridge University Press, and personal experience to speak on the HathiTrust e-Book library.

My Experience and the Experience of Millions

Introduction

This article seeks to illustrate the massive impact of the HathiTrust on the lives of persons with print disabilities and upon me personally.  I will write in the first person as I want this to be informative and to enable me to express my thanks to the HathiTrust and to all librarians who are involved in the great work of opening the book to the print disabled.

While I am writing from personal experience, I also bring significant academic expertise to this topic.  I have recently published a monograph on the practical and legal issues with accessing E-Books: Discrimination, Copyright and Equality: Opening the E-Book for the Print Disabled (2017) Cambridge University Press.  This monograph includes a legal analysis of how copyright and anti-discrimination laws interact and includes a chapter on Google and the HathiTrust.  I want to leave this content for the monograph and deal with the impact of the HathiTrust.

Read more of Dr. Harpur's blog here