The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 18: Canadian Bar Association

In sum, the Working Group concluded that it is important to have TPM provisions in the Copyright Act, in order to ratify the WIPO Internet Treaties, but no agreement was reached on the scope of the protection, the inclusion of devices and the scope of exceptions for TPMs. Some members of the Working Group believe that the Bill should be amended to remove the restrictions on circumvention devices, since improper use would be covered by the anti-circumvention provisions, and there is no need to restrict devices in order to ratify the WIPO Internet Treaties.

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, Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Canadian Historical Association, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Canadian Bookseller Association, Canadian Home and School Federation, Film Studies Association of Canada


  1. Spot on
    I think they’ve got it spot on.

    The problem with C-11 is that “circumvention tools” will be outlawed and that businesses will fear or give up to make any product that comes anywhere close to fiddling with a digital lock. The behaviour of the masses will follow suit and several kind of circumventions will eventually not be practically feasible, like hardware based ones. That’s the biggest loss.

    While everyone is focusing on the consequences the average users will face, it’s not what C-11 really wants to achieve. They want the tools for it gone.

  2. Good post
    I like this post a lot, it is really good initiative. Hopefully more successful project in that direction will be performed. Regards