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#TBT: The Lawsuit over the Discontinuation of Playboy in Braille


It's pretty common knowledge that Playboy magazine has been available in braille from the National Library Service for over 40 years. But younger readers may not realize that there was a time in the eighties where some members of Congress tried to stop the presses. This recent article from the Washington Post details the events that led Congress in 1985 to withhold money from the National Library Service for publishing Playboy magazine. After a lawsuit from several blindness groups including the American Council of the Blind and the Blinded Veterans Association, the magazine was restored. It's still available today from the NLS or the BARD app. For those not familiar, the braille version of Playboy does not include any pictures, picture descriptions, or advertising, leading to the often-told joke that blind people are the only ones that read Playboy for the articles. For further reading, here's the written opinion from District Judge Thomas F. Hogan.

Source: Washington Post
Category: News

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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.


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