[WEBINAR] Arlene B. Mayerson on How NAD v. Netflix Changed the Rules about Closed Captioning
Updated: June 3, 2019
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 2pm ET, 3Play Media is proud to present the free webinar, Online Video and the ADA: How a Landmark Case Changed the Legal Landscape of Closed Captioning.
Our guest presenter will be Arlene B. Mayerson, the lead attorney in the pivotal 2012 accessibility case National Association of the Deaf v. Netflix. This lawsuit cited the lack of closed captioning on Netflix’s web streaming video service as a violation of the Americans with Disability Act, since the content was not made accessible to deaf or hard of hearing viewers.
This was the first major lawsuit to address how the ADA extends to online video. And while the case settled in favor of the NAD, subsequent federal appeals have ruled in favor Netflix not being bound by the ADA in this way. The conflicting rulings have caused confusion over what online video does or does not require captioning. Ms. Mayerson will lend some clarity to this legal battlefield.
Legal expert Arlene Mayerson will walk us through her reasoning on the case, explaining how the ADA does apply to Netflix and what this implies for other companies and industries.
About Arlene B. Mayerson
Arlene B. Mayerson is one of the nation’s leading experts in disability rights law. She has been a key adviser to both Congress and the disability community on the major disability rights legislation for the past two decades.
At the request of members of Congress, Ms. Mayerson supplied expert testimony before several committees of Congress when they were debating the ADA. She filed comments on the ADA regulations for more than 500 disability rights organizations.
Ms. Mayerson has devoted her career exclusively to disability rights practice, representing clients in a wide array of issues. She has provided representation, consultation to counsel, and coordination of amicus briefs on key disability rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
She was appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education to the Civil Rights Reviewing Authority, responsible for reviewing civil rights decisions of the Department.
Ms. Mayerson is also a John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer in disability law at Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall). She has published many articles on disability rights and is the author of a comprehensive three-volume treatise on the ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act Annotated-Legislative History, Regulations & Commentary (Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1994), which sets forth the legislative history and regulations for each provision of the ADA.
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