The members of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries are the 29 major academic research libraries across Canada together with Library and Archives Canada, the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) and the Library of Parliament. CARL’s position on digital locks is similar to the Canadian Library Association:
Circumventing technical measures that prevent access or copying should be permitted if the purpose of the circumvention is not an infringement of copyright.
On technological protection measures (TPM’s – digital locks), CARL is concerned that the anti-circumvention language will potentially prevent otherwise legal uses, such as fair dealing, of copyrighted materials when a TPM is applied to digital item. We would have preferred to see language in the bill limiting the penalization of the circumvention of TPM’s to infringing purposes.
Previous Daily Digital Locks: Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI) BC, Canadian Consumer Initiative, Retail Council of Canada, Canadian Council of Archives, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Canadian Federation of Students, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Documentary Organization of Canada, Canadian Library Association, Council of Ministers of Education Canada, Business Coalition for Balanced Copyright