American media regulator releases online captioning approach

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Thursday, 22 September 2011 09:32am

The US media and communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has released its draft approach on captioning of online video content. This is a major step in identifying how America will regulate captioning of online materials.

The Commission Document makes it clear that regulation does not apply to user-generated content. This is complementary to the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 that states that a TV station that shows one of its captioned programs in an offline version must retain the captions for the online version.

This has implications for the Convergence Review that is currently being undertaken by the Australian Federal Government and also for the general availability of accessible online content.

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