Sunday, July 18, 2010

Internet Video Captioning Law

It appears more likely that Congress will create new closed captioning rules related to online video. Before the August recess lawmakers are expected to pass a measure that would revise and expand what must be done to make content or equipment accessible for persons with disabilities. The Senate bill is S3304 and the House bill is HR3101. Both are through the "markup" process. There are differences in the bills that will have to be worked out. The Senate proposal calls for Internet video to use TV-type captioning while the House legislation would require captioning using Internet protocol. Despite the differences, both Chambers are likely to pass a final compromise before adjourning for the August recess - partly to commemorate the 20th anniversary of ADA on July 26.