Libricide!

Harper’s Conservatives have been cutting away at Library and Archives Canada but now a number of articles are pointing out how they’re trashing and burning irreplaceable science documents. The Tyee has a detailed piece here http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/12/23/Canadian-Science-Libraries/ and Boing Boing here http://boingboing.net/2014/01/04/canadian-libraricide-tories-t.html These acts are so shameful and ... Continue Reading →

A right for privacy is getting confused with…

A right for privacy is getting confused with a “right” to censor. I think there is a point when a person puts something into the public’s grasp that it ceases to adhere to that person’s control. This article on French archivists makes a case against extending some types of privacy control. That’s not to say that we don’t need better privacy rules. A lot of information gets abused ... Continue Reading →

Copyright Law, TPMs, and Appraisal

This is the third part in a series of three posts. Part 1 — The TPM Environment and Copyright Change from C-11 Part 2 — Long Term Digital Preservation and the Role of TDRs Part 3 — Copyright Law, TPMs, and Appraisal Download the whole document (PDF). The Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) identifies five categories of appraisal criteria. Some of these criteria mix poorly with copyright law and TPMs on th ... Continue Reading →

Long Term Digital Preservation and the Role of TDRs

This is the second part in a series of three posts. Part 1 — The TPM Environment and Copyright Change from C-11 Part 2 — Long Term Digital Preservation and the Role of TDRs Part 3 — Copyright Law, TPMs, and Appraisal Download the whole document (PDF). Archives face inexorable problems with the duty to preserve massive quantities of information, stored on frail digital media. There is at once, the archives ... Continue Reading →

How Recent Copyright Legislation (C-11) and TPMs Prevent Digital Preservation

Recent copyright legislation prevents archives from legitimately fulfilling key requirements for the long term preservation and provision of access to digital fonds. Bill C-11 (An Act to amend the Copyright Act)[1] changed many elements of copyright law but the area posing the greatest problems to archival practices is the portion that prohibits circumventing technological protection measures (TPMs). The problems s ... Continue Reading →