Hathi Trust, Digitization, and Accessibility for PWD

I’ve been sporadically following the Hathi Trust Fair Use and digitization brouhaha, and it leaves me wondering if and/or how it will affect equal Accessibility for those with print disabilities re: the cultural record.

Digitization to me means an increase in access because once digitized, the information can more easily be consumed in a usable format. Do you think there will be ramifications that will hamper universal access in the future? For example, will institutions that have the funding to do a similar project now be reluctant to try and digitize the totality of the human experience for fear of being sued? Or will the attempt be made, but the legal hoops needing to be jumped through might make the project take an interminable amount of time?

I would love to hear feedback ūüôā

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