Bookshare citizenship requirement? (was Re: bookshare.org)

Does anyone know the reason for this restriction of American citizenship?
Given the borderless nature of the Internet and Web-based services such as
Bookshare, it would seem natural for there to be unfettered access, so long
as all users paid the required fees and abided by whatever restrictions the
organization mandates. I am just asking. don't have a dog in this fight, if
indeed it's any kind of fight in the first place.  But just wondering. And
does the restriction mean that even a person living as a legal resident here
in the continental U.S., Alaska or Hawaii can't join Bookshare? Do you have
to snail mail photocopies of your citizenship papers when you get them, or a
birth certificate if you're native born?

Again, not trying to argue about it. Just very curious.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Renette Bloem" <renette@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "jaws mailing list" <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, December 31, 2006 10:29 AM
Subject: bookshare.org


Hi All

I am not an American citizen and therefore am not allowed to join
bookshare.org as a member.

Although I can download very old books for free from bookshare.org, most of
these books are available in Braille or on tape anyway.

There however is another website where I for example can download books that
members have scanned in for personal use and put on this "unknown" website.

From my side I can "deposit" books that I have scanned in for myself, to the
website .

This has the advantage of saving ten people from scanning in the same book
and makes it possible for more people to "read" more or have access to more
books.

Hope there is somebody who can help.

Renette again

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