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Technical protection measures

The Copyright Act includes a new provision that disallows the circumvention of a technical protection measure (TPM or "digital lock") on digital content. Digital locks commonly restrict access to content or control the ability to copy a digital work. This provision disallows breaking access controls on digital works. This most often applies to video (such as DVD and Blu-Ray), but may also apply to digital files, website content and works such as eBooks. The rule appears to apply even if you otherwise have a right to use the work. For example, you could not break an access lock on a DVD to create clips to show in class or post to Blackboard. 

MacEwan Library provides a streaming video and audio service that is compliant with the above anticircumvention rule. Faculty can select material to be made available to their class.

It may also be possible to get permission to break a TPM. Contact the MacEwan Copyright Office to start a permission request. 

This provision does not apply to format shifting from media (such as a CD) to a device or from one device to another as long as you own the devices and the originating work is a legal copy that you own.

This work is subject to a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0 International license. For exceptions, see the Library Copyright Statement.