Library and Archives Canada has released the public responses to its 2007 Canadian Digital Information Strategy. The consultation generated a significant number of responses with many submissions urging the LAC to adopt a stronger position on copyright reform. Key issues include:
- freeing up orphan works
- removing restrictive crown copyright provisions
- ensuring that Canadians have the right to circumvent technological protection measures for lawful purposes
As Deb Thomas, President of the B.C. Library Association notes, "at a time when intellectual property regimes worldwide are becoming increasingly restrictive and slanted in favor of rights holders, the community of libraries, archives, and other memory institutions in Canada has a vital role to play in advocating on behalf of the user." I earlier argued that the strategy suffered from its timidity. It would appear that many respondents agree and that it now falls to the LAC to step up as a strong advocate for policies that facilitate digitization.