I was curious: must I take the transcribers course from NFB in order to submit a manuscript to the Library of Congress? Or is it okay to do the course on my own and send in my manuscript on my own?
Also, if this is the case, am I under the ‘auspices of an “authorized entity”’?
19.2b(7) Permission to transcribe a book into braille is
not required from the publisher or copyright holder as long as the transcriber is working
under the auspices of an "authorized entity." An authorized entity is any nonprofit
organization or governmental agency having a primary mission to provide specialized
services to persons with visual impairments. When permission is not sought, the
following statement must appear on the braille title page following the copyright
information: Further reproduction or distribution in other than a specialized
format is prohibited. This statement must appear on the title page of the trial
manuscript since students enrolled in this course are working under the auspices of the
National Library Service.