The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 10: Council of Ministers of Education Canada

Council of Ministers of Education Canada is an intergovernmental body founded in 1967 by ministers of education. Unlike other education groups, this is governmental body with all provincial governments outside of Quebec in agreement on Bill C-11. Much like many other education groups, provincial ministers agree that the digital lock provisions are too restrictive:

The Copyright Act provides a number of users’ rights that permit use of copyright material for educational purposes. Enacting laws prohibiting circumvention, or possession of devices for the purposes of circumvention, would prevent users from exercising the rights given to them under the Copyright Act by successive Parliaments over many decades. The recommended approach is to provide that circumvention of TPMs is prohibited only when the circumvention is for the purpose of infringing copyright.

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


  1. Mhhh, 10 days of dissent and Michael hasn’t started yet an “Occupy Hollywood” movement? 🙂

  2. They only hear the voices within
    not a single anguished cry penetrates the veil of majority. No one will be heard.

  3. Not hard to understand why C-11’s passing is a foregone conclusion when “Hon.” James Moore interprets the Council of Ministers of Education Canada’s position as ‘support’ for the bill: