Survey on the Effects of Digital Content Locks and TPMs on Education and Research

KR21 in collaboration with the University of Glasgow are conducting research on the impact of digital content locks and Technological Protection Measures (TPMs – sometimes called Digital Rights Management or DRM), on people’s everyday lives, education, learning, and scholarly endeavours more broadly. 

Technological Protection Measures can undermine activities that are otherwise lawful including text and data mining, preservation, teaching, repairing devices etc. Moreover, their protected status in European and international copyright law means that lengthy and often unclear procedures have to be followed in order to lawfully achieve access to information that you have a legal right to use.

This survey is aimed at anyone based in Europe  (i.e. not just the EU) 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.

All responses are anonymous.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed here.

You have until Wednesday, 6 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, to strongly communicate the importance of this issue to policy makers.


5 February 2024