As our culture and our essential information increasingly will be â€œborn digitalâ€ and stay that way, the potential for crippling restrictions by means of digital locks, technical protection measures (â€œTPMsâ€) and digital rights management looms large. There was recently an ironic event involving the mass erasure by Amazon of copies, ironically enough, of George Orwell’s 1984 from customers’ Kindle eBook readers. Notwithstanding Amazon’s profuse and immediate apology, this incident shows that remote control censorship and even revisionism can be readily undertaken by copyright owners, governments, and hackers. The earlier deployment by Sony of a destructive and privacy invasive â€œrootkitâ€ malware program also confirms that large and prestigious copyright owners can perpetrate considerable harm in the name of copyright protection. Therefore, CCLA calls upon this Committee to return to the 2005 Bill C-60 which made it possible to circumvent digital locks where the purpose is non-infringing.
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