The Association pour l’avancement des sciences et des techniques de la documentation (ASTED) is a national not-for-profit cultural and scientific professional association. Since 1973, it has worked to advance the science and techniques of documentation by pooling its members expertise, its publications, its activities of every sort, its services and its ties with other organizations in the field of documentation and information, and with the general public. ASTED submitted a brief to the Bill C-32 committee that included the following on digital locks:
the exceptions that can support libraries in fulfilling their mission are invalidated by the provisions concerning digital locks that prevent circumvention even for use that the bill does not consider to be infringing, such as conservation. ASTED agrees with its colleagues in the CLA who are proposing that the definition of â€œcircumventionâ€ in section 41(a) and (b) be amended to include the words â€œfor any infringing useâ€.
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