National Association of the Deaf

The NAD Advocates for Access to Quality Captioning



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On June 5, 2012 the National Association of the Deaf, along with other consumer interest groups, testified before the U.S. Copyright Office asking that closed captions and audio descriptions be exempted from anti-circumvention measures under Copyright law.

The NAD, Georgetown Law Institute for Public Representation and on behalf of Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc., Gallaudet University, and the American Foundation for the Blind were the groups involved in this testimony. All groups testified that the Copyright law should not stand in the way of third parties being able to add or improve captions or audio descriptions on digital video programming distributed via Internet protocol or on fixed media.

A large amount of video programming is not required to be captioned under the law, such as DVD