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Survey on digital content locks and TPMs in Education and Research

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Survey on digital content locks and TPMs in Education and Research

By 7 February 2024No Comments

CREATe in collaboration with Knowledge Rights 21 are conducting research on the impact of digital content locks and Technological Protection Measures (TPMs – sometimes called Digital Rights Management or DRM), on everyday use, education, learning, and scholarly research.

Technological Protection Measures can interfere with activities that are otherwise lawful including text and data mining, preservation, teaching, repairing devices etc. The protected status of TPMs in European and international copyright law means that sometimes complicated procedures have to be followed in order to lawfully achieve access to information.

Microchip – Original illustration by vanesaurus

This survey is aimed at anyone in the EU or the UK who has experience of technological protection measures while undertaking activities which are otherwise permitted by copyright law. This might be a member of the public, a researcher, educator or library sector practitioner. In an institutional setting, this might mean for example, that your university has been blocked from accessing a publisher’s servers because a researcher has been undertaking text and data mining.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. The survey can be accessed here:



You have until Friday, 1st March 2024, to complete the survey. If you would like to understand more about the survey please read the survey Participant Information Sheet.

Please help us reach our goal of including the widest range of voices possible on this issue.