[tabi] Fw: [Tektalkdiscussion] Settlement in Kindle lawsuit

  • From: "Lynn Evans" <evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:47:57 -0500


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From: Bob Acosta 
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Sent: Monday, January 11, 2010 10:09 AM
Subject: [Tektalkdiscussion] Settlement in Kindle lawsuit

    Blindness Organizations and Arizona State University

Resolve Litigation over Kindle

PHOENIX, January 11, 2010 - The American Council of the Blind (ACB), the 
National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and Arizona State University (ASU), 
today announced a settlement agreement resolving litigation filed by NFB and 
ACB against the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) and ASU.  The lawsuit arose 
from the university's participation in a pilot program using the Kindle DX, a 
dedicated device for reading electronic books, or e-books, developed by 
Amazon.com, Inc.  The NFB and ACB alleged that the Kindle DX was inaccessible 
to blind students and thus violated federal law.  ABOR and ASU denied and 
continue to deny any violations of the law. 

The settlement agreement among the parties was reached in light of several 
factors, including: (1) ASU's commitment to providing access to all programs 
and facilities for students with disabilities, including students who are blind 
or have low vision; (2) the fact that the pilot program will end in the spring 
of 2010; (3) Amazon and others are making improvements to and progress in the 
accessibility of e-book readers; and (4) the university's agreement that should 
ASU deploy e-book readers in future classes over the next two years, it will 
strive to use devices that are accessible to the blind.

The United States Department of Justice is also a party to the agreement, which 
does not involve the payment of any damages or attorney's fees or costs.

Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: "The 
National Federation of the Blind is pleased with this settlement, which we 
believe will help to ensure that new technologies create new opportunities for 
blind students rather than new barriers."

Mitch Pomerantz, President of the American Council of the Blind, expressed 
support by commenting: "I believe this settlement between Arizona State 
University and the two major national consumer-advocacy organizations of blind 
and visually impaired persons will encourage the industry to develop fully 
accessible e-book readers in the near future."



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