AG Bell Members File Class Action Lawsuit over Captioning of Song Lyrics

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AG Bell Members File Class Action Lawsuit

Although Netflix, Sony, Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros. and Buena Vista advertise movies and shows as fully captioned, members of AG Bell and other deaf individuals found otherwise. As a result, a class action lawsuit was filed against these major studios for damages they sustained as a result of the studios' practice of not captioning song lyrics in movies and television shows.

AG Bell has long promoted greater captioning accessibility throughout the world of entertainment. "Studios believe that copyright law prohibits them from captioning song lyrics in movies and television shows. That is just flat-out wrong," said John F. Stanton, Esq., AG Bell member. "Courts have made clear that reproducing otherwise copyrighted material for the purpose of making the material accessible to people with disabilities is not a violation of the federal Copyright Act."

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