June 1, 2006
The Hon. Bev Oda, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women
25 Eddy Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5
The Hon. Maxime Bernier, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Industry
5th floor, West Tower
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5
Re: Copyright Reform and Digital Rights Management
This letter is to support the letter of May 17, 2006 to you from “Canada’s Privacy
Community” on behalf of 23 organizations and individuals.
The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is the leadership organization
for the Canadian research library community. The Association’s members are the 27
major academic research libraries across Canada plus Library and Archives Canada, the
Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) and the Library of
Parliament. CARL members are the backbone of Canada’s intellectual holdings in all
CARL has played an active part in the copyright reform process over a number of years,
especially in regard to issues affecting Canada’s research community. The Association
welcomed a number of provisions of Bill C-60, An Act to Amend the Copyright Act when
it was introduced last fall. Specifically CARL welcomed sections of the Bill which
the alteration or removal of rights management information and circumventing
technological measures for non-infringing purposes, and
the introduction of a “notice and notice” as opposed to a “notice and take down”
regime for Internet Service Providers
While recognizing that these provisions may need further refinement and safeguards to
address privacy issues CARL hopes and expects that they will be re-introduced in the
next copyright Bill. We also expect that the Association’s concerns with facilitating e-
learning, delivery of documents to the user’s desktop and the educational use of the
Internet will be addressed.
CARL agrees with the misgivings of the “Pr