[bksvol-discuss] Re: Shame Lifters

  • From: Scott Rains <scottr@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:15:00 -0800

Sr Dolores Jean,

If this a book that you are proofing for Bookshare please familiarize yourself 
with Benetech policy on protecting intellectual property found here and quoted 
below. It is not appropriate to mail copyrighted material that you are working 
on as a Bookshare volunteer:


If this is private communication please refrain from posting it to the 
Bookshare Volunteer Discussion List. The focus here is on resolving issues 
related to scanning and proofing Bookshare books.

Scott Rains

  A.   Policy change 8-17-2010:  Sharing files when doing volunteer work for 

              Bookshare exists because of the privileges available to 
nonprofits like Benetech to serve people
              with print disabilities as they are outlined in the Chafee 
Amendment to the US Copyright Act.
              While Bookshare may produce copies of print materials for its 
members it must do so in a
              manner that is carefully circumscribed in order to protect the 
intellectual property rights of authors
              and publishers and meet the requirements of the copyright 
exception.  Such practices include
              controlling access to copyrighted materials, requiring 
contractual agreements for all users and
              volunteers, and fingerprinting content.

              During the production process Bookshare also takes great care to 
prevent the unauthorized
              release of copyrighted material.  This includes a strict 
prohibition on volunteers emailing or
              otherwise exchanging Bookshare content directly with each other.  
In most cases, where an
              exchange of document content is necessary between two volunteers 
the complete document
              must first be returned to Bookshare and checked out by the second 

              Occasionally, there is a need for portions of books to be 
exchanged between volunteers.  This
              most often occurs between a translator and a proofreader, when a 
sighted and a blind volunteer
              team up, or when a scan contains numerous errors and the 
proofreader does not have access
              to the physical book.  We are changing our policy slightly to 
permit a limited exchange of
              material directly between two Bookshare volunteers (both in good 
standing:  current, having
              agreed to the Volunteer Agreement) in order to produce more 
accurate digital documents for
              Bookshare.  This exchange is limited to a single chapter or up to 
10% of the content at a time,
              whichever is larger.  In the case of graphic elements such as 
genealogical charts or illustrations,
              up to one chapter's worth of these elements may be sent in one 
communication if these elements
              are separated from the book.  If neither of these exceptions 
applies, content must continue to
              only be shared by the existing process of returning the content 
to Bookshare and the second
              volunteer checking it out.

From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
On Behalf Of Dolores Dean [srdolores@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:43 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Shame Lifters

Debbie, I'm not sure how to attach this, but here goes. Please let me
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