The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected the Privacy Commissioner of Canada's appeal in the Blood Tribe case. The case raised questions of solicitor-client privilege in the context of PIPEDA investigations.
Archive for July 17th, 2008
Earlier this week, the U.S. Library of Congress issued a report on digital archiving in which it expressed concern about the obstacles created by DRM to the preservation of digital materials. This concern – which the Canadian government addressed in a narrow context for the Library and Archives Canada legal deposit program in 2006 – remains a major issues for archives across the country. Incredibly, Bill C-61 leaves the issue virtually untouched, potentially shutting out archives from preserving Canadian history in digital form. The bill includes a limitation on liability for archives for circumvention (Section 41.19 provides that archives that circumvent without awareness of a legal violation do not face financial damages) and lists archival interests as a potential factor for new exceptions, yet there is nothing to ensure that digital archiving is not locked out due to anti-circumvention legislation.
Other countries have recognized this danger and sought to address it.
Science Library Pad reports that Canada's National Research Council has adopted a policy making it mandatory to deposit copies of all peer-reviewed publications and technical reports in the NRC's forthcoming open access institutional repository. The policy will take effect in January 2009.