The Technical Protection Measures
Technological Protection Measures (TPM) aim to reduce infringement of copyright by controlling the way in which a work is used. TPM uses different types of technology to control access to digital copyrighted content, or to prevent users from copying or sharing it. While aiming to reduce infringement, TPM is preventing actions permitted in national laws through exceptions and limitations to copyright.
TPM Conflict with Copyright
Libraries and archives want to ensure that they are able to circumvent a TPM which prevents them from making use of content in a way permitted by copyright exceptions. It should be legal for libraries to acquire and apply tools to remove TPMs which prevent legitimate uses of copyrighted works (Marrakech Treaty, 2013, Article 7).
Other than the conflict with the copyright exceptions, TPMs raise two important issues for libraries: